NBA Roundup: Kobe’s 28 leads Lakers over Mavericks
The NBA roundup …LOS ANGELES ó Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Trevor Ariza had a career-high 26, and the Los Angeles Lakers squandered a big lead before taking control late in a 107-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Pau Gasol added 25 for the Lakers, who are battling Cleveland for the NBA’s best record and are already the Pacific Division champs. They could meet the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
Reserve Jason Terry led Dallas with 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 on 6-of-20 shooting.
Gasol finished 12-of-13 from the floor, making all 10 of his shots in the first half. Bryant was 11-of-20 for the game.
Bucks 86, Celtics 77
MILWAUKEE ó Charlie Villanueva scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee held off Boston.
Kendrick Perkins scored a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds, but had little help from anybody else as Milwaukee denied the defending champions a chance to clinch their second straight Atlantic Division crown. Paul Pierce had 15 points.
76ers 85, Heat 77
PHILADELPHIA ó Andre Iguodala scored 21 points, seldom-used Donyell Marshall got his 10 points in the fourth quarter and Philadelphia beat Miami.
Dwyane Wade, coming off a 50-point performance in a triple-overtime victory over Utah on Saturday, was held to 18.
Hawks 98, Trail Blazers 80
ATLANTA ó Joe Johnson scored 35 points, Josh Smith had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Atlanta beat Portland for its fifth consecutive victory.
Brandon Roy finished with 29 points for the Blazers, who have lost two of three. Portland dropped a half-game behind Denver for the Northwest Division lead and fell out of a three-way tie with the Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Grizzlies 89, Pistons 84
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Mike Conley scored 20 points and Darko Milicic added a double-double against his former team as Memphis ended a seven-game losing streak to Detroit.
The Palace crowd observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of longtime owner William Davidson, who died Friday at the age of 86. The Pistons wore a black ribbon on their left shoulders.
Raptors 110, Pacers 87
TORONTO ó Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points, Chris Bosh had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Toronto used a big second half to beat Indiana and snap a seven-game losing streak.
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