DALLAS (AP) - Kobe Bryant had 38 points to win a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-99 Sunday in a matchup of teams fighting to get in the playoff race.
With chants of MVP from a strong contingent of Lakers fans, Bryant scored 14 in the fourth, including seven in the final 3 minutes to hold off a spirited Dallas effort.
Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a chance to pull virtually even with the Lakers for ninth place in the Western Conference. Houston is in eighth, with a cushion of several games.
Steve Nash had 13 of his 20 points in the second half against his former team in a game that neither team led by more than six.
WARRIORS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 99
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists, and David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds to rally Golden State to a victory over Minnesota.
The Warriors trailed by 16 in the first quarter before Jack came off the bench to jumpstart the offense - as he has all season. Fellow reserve Carl Landry added 19 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which has won three in a row following a six-game losing streak.
Derrick Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Luke Ridnour's dash down the court ended with a floater that was off the mark.
Ricky Rubio had 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals for Minnesota.
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