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Friday, 01 February 2008 20:01
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 TORONTO (AP) -Kobe Bryant scored 46 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 121-101 on Friday night, hours after acquiring Pau Gasol in a trade with Memphis.
The Lakers gave up Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton and two first-round draft picks to get Gasol, who will play center until Andrew Bynum (left knee) is ready to return.
Gasol will undergo a physical Saturday in Los Angeles and could make his Lakers debut Sunday at Washington.
Bryant had the crowd gasping with several dunks, including one over Toronto's Carlos Delfino in the second quarter and a one-handed jam in the fourth.
Bryant slapped hands with fans seated next to the Lakers' bench when he was subbed out with less than 30 seconds to play.
Sasha Vujacic added 22 points and Jordan Farmar had 13 for the Lakers, who had lost four of their past five, including a 90-89 defeat in Detroit on Thursday night.
Andrea Bargnani had a season-high 28 to lead Toronto in scoring for the second straight game. Chris Bosh had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in seven games at home.
Jose Calderon finished with 17 points and Anthony Parker 12.
Magic 108, 76ers 106
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hedo Turkoglu hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining and finished with 23 points, and Orlando won its third straight game.
Rashard Lewis added 18 points, Dwight Howard had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Carlos Arroyo contributed 14 points for the Magic, who earned their NBA-best 18th road win while recording their fourth straight victory in Philadelphia. Detroit and Phoenix each have 17 road wins.
Maurice Evans scored 13 points and Keyon Dooling had 10 for Orlando, which improved to 30-18.
Andre Miller had 23 points and 11 assists, and Lou Williams added 20 points for the Sixers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Jazz 96, Wizards 87
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mehmet Okur scored 27 points, 19 in the second half, and had 11 rebounds, and Utah won its seventh straight game.
Utah started slow, but pulled away in the fourth quarter to pick up its 11th win in the last 12 games. Deron Williams picked up his sixth-straight double-double for the Jazz with 11 points and 12 assists. Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points for the Jazz, who won with All-Star Carlos Boozer scoring only four points.
Antawn Jamison scored 31 points in his first game since being named to the All-Star team, but fellow All-Star Caron Butler missed the game with a hip injury.
Timberwolves 104, Clippers 83
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in three quarters, Craig Smith added 21 points, and Minnesota won for the fifth time in seven games,
Ryan Gomes added 18 and nine rebounds for Minnesota.
The Clippers were playing their third straight game without leading scorers Corey Maggette and Chris Kaman, who both were out with the flu. Injuries are nothing new for Los Angeles, which has played all season without star Elton Brand and forward Shaun Livingston.
Sam Cassell led the Clippers with 17.
Nets 94, Heat 85
MIAMI (AP) - Richard Jefferson scored 25 points, Josh Boone added 15 and New Jersey snapped a seven-game road losing streak.
Vince Carter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Jason Kidd finished with 11 points and 12 assists for the Nets, who have won two straight following a nine-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade, who returned after missing Wednesday's loss at Orlando with the flu, finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Miami. Alexander Johnson scored 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting, and Mark Blount also finished with 14 for Miami.
Miami's loss, combined with Minnesota's 104-83 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, gave the Timberwolves (10-36) a half-game edge over the Heat (9-36) in the race for the NBA's worst record.
Rockets 106, Pacers 103
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie Carl Landry scored 13 of his career-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Houston won its sixth straight road victory.
Tracy McGrady had 19 points, Yao Ming added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Shane Battier scored 13 points for Houston (26-20).
Danny Granger finished with 22 points, Shawne Williams scored 17 and Jeff Foster added 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight game.
 

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