The NBA roundup …
WASHINGTON ó Kobe Bryant banked in a running 12-foot jumper over Caron Butler with 25 seconds left, then went 1-for-2 on foul shots 10 seconds later in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 106-104 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
After Bryant’s miss at the line ó he made all 13 other free throws he took ó Butler had a chance to win it for Washington, but missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Bryant was 5-for-17 from the field and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Bucks 101, Bobcats 96MILWAUKEE ó Richard Jefferson made two free throws with 9 seconds left to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-96.
Michael Redd scored 25 points in his third game back since missing 14 games because of a sprained right ankle, and Jefferson added 22, and Luke Ridnour had 14.
Jason Richardson scored 20 points, Emeka Okafor and Raymond Felton each had 19 and rookie D.J. Augustin added 13 for the Bobcats.
The Bucks made five free throws in the final minute.Celtics 93, Trail Blazers 78
BOSTON ó Ray Allen scored 19 points for Boston, and Rajon Rondo followed his first career triple-double with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Boston’s 11th straight win ó its longest streak since its championship-winning season of 1985-86 ó snapped Portland’s six-game winning streak. It was the first time the Trail Blazers lost with Greg Oden in the starting lineup.
Oden had just five points with six rebounds in 18 minutes before picking up his sixth on a questionable call with about 4 minutes left.
Cavaliers 97, Pacers 73
CLEVELAND ó Anderson Varejao, with thousands of fans wearing curly, red-headed hair pieces in his honor, didn’t miss a shot and scored 17 points in the first half in Cleveland’s seventh straight victory.
LeBron James had a seven-low 11 points. Unbeaten after 11 home games, Cleveland has won 15 of 16 since starting this season 1-2.
Troy Murphy led Indiana with 15 points.
Magic 98, Thunder 89
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Dwight Howard had 21 points and 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 15 points for Southeast Division-leading Orlando.
Russell Westbrook had 19 points for Oklahoma City, and Kevin Durant had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Thunder are 2-18.
76ers 96, Pistons 91
AUBURN HILLS, Mich ó Donyell Marshall’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left lifted short-handed Philadelphia past Detroit.
Nets 113, Timberwolves 84
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Vince Carter scored 18 points, and Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris each added had 16 for New Jersey.
Grizzlies 93, Clippers 81
MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Rudy Gay scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, and O.J. Mayo had 20 points to help Memphis snap a seven-game losing streak.
Hawks 98, Knicks 95
ATLANTA ó Marvin Williams scored 18 points, and Atlanta avoided overtime when New York’s Al Harrington missed a last-second 3-pointer.
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