LOS ANGELES (AP) -A matchup of the Western Conference's best teams turned out to be a mismatch.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the San Antonio Spurs 99-85 on Sunday.
The win was the fourth straight and 14th in 17 games for the Lakers (35-8), whose .814 winning percentage is the best in the NBA although the defending champion Boston Celtics (37-9) lead them by a half-game in the overall standings by virtue of their 124-100 victory over Dallas earlier Sunday.
Tony Parker had 19 points and six assists and Tim Duncan added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs (29-14), who lost for just the fourth time in their past 18 games.
Celtics 124, Mavericks 100
BOSTON (AP) - Ray Allen scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half when the Celtics opened a 27-point lead, and Eddie House added seven 3-pointers to help Boston beat the Dallas Mavericks and give the defending NBA champions their eighth straight victory.
from 3-point range - Kevin Garnett scored 23, and Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 14 assists for Boston. After a 2-7 slump that was the worst of the new Big Three era, the Celtics have won eight in a row by an average of 16 points, and six straight in double digits.
Jason Terry scored 27 for the Mavericks, who have won just three of their last nine games.
Suns 104, Hawks 99
ATLANTA (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Phoenix snap a three-game losing streak.
Steve Nash, who finished with 14 points and 13 assists, used a give-and-go with Stoudemire to make it 102-99 with 26.2 seconds remaining.
The Hawks had won three straight, but made just one field goal, a short jumper by Solomon Jones, after Jones gave Atlanta its last lead, 95-94, at the 6:06 mark.
O'Neal hit two free throws to put Phoenix ahead 96-95 for the game's 19th and final lead change.
Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa had 20 points for the Suns, who had lost five of six and were coming off a season-worst 22-point loss at Charlotte.
Raptors 113, Kings 97
TORONTO (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 31 points, Andrea Bargnani added 24 and the Toronto Raptors beat Sacramento, handing the Kings their fifth straight loss.
maine O'Neal added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Anthony Parker scored 11 points for the Raptors.
John Salmons scored 21 points for the Kings, who are 0-18 against Eastern Conference opponents this season and have not beaten an East team since a 106-100 home win over Toronto on March 16, 2008.
Rockets 108, Pistons 105
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Ron Artest scored three of his 24 points at the line in the final 14 seconds, helping the Houston Rockets hold off the Detroit Pistons.
Artest and Tracy McGrady returned to the lineup for the Rockets, who were without Yao Ming because of a knee injury.
Luis Scolahad 21 points while starting for Yao, and McGrady scored 15. Shane Battier and Rafer Alston both added 14, and Von Wafer scored 10 points.
Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 27 and Rasheed Wallace had 22 points. Allen Iverson scored 17 and Rodney Stuckey had 14 points.
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