LOS ANGELES (AP) -Kobe Bryant scored 30 of his 52 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Bryant hit the 50-point mark for the 22nd time in his career and first time this season. He went 15-of-27 from the floor and, constantly driving and drawing fouls, was 20-of-27 from the line.
Bryant also had 11 rebounds and four assists. Pau Gasol added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who are 12-2 since he played his first game for them on Feb. 5.
Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points for Dallas, including a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it at 93. He had nine points in the extra period but missed a 3-point try that would have tied it again with 7 seconds remaining.
Rockets 103, Nuggets 89
HOUSTON (AP) - Tracy McGrady scored 22 points, Shane Battier added 20 and Houston tied a franchise record with its 15th straight win.
The winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and matches the longest one in franchise history, reached twice, with the last one coming in their championship season of 1993-94. It was Houston's third straight win since losing All-star center Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture in his foot and its 19th win in the last 20 games.
Allen Iverson had a tough night, going 7-for-22 and finishing with a 17 points after scoring 38 on Friday. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 19 points and Kenyon Martin had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets have won their last six games by 10 points or more, extending a franchise record.
Cavaliers 95, Bulls 86
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 37 points and took over down the stretch to lead Cleveland over Chicago.
Wally Szczerbiak added 17 points for Cleveland, which ended the game on a 12-3 run.
Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle were involved in an 11-player deal on Feb. 21. Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown were sent to the from the Cavaliers to the Bulls, who dealt center Ben Wallace and forward Joe Smith to Cleveland.
Hughes led the Bulls with 23 points, shooting 8-of-20 shots from the field. Gooden scored 11 points with 10 rebounds.
Spurs 93, Nets 83
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Tony Parker had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and San Antonio won a season-high ninth straight game by beating New Jersey.
Tim Duncan added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili had 17 points as the Spurs beat the Nets for the 10th straight time. New Jersey has not beaten San Antonio since November 2002.
Devin Harris and Vince Carter scored 21 points apiece and Richard Jefferson had 18 for the Nets, who are now 3-3 since trading Jason Kidd to Dallas.
Warriors 110, Trail Blazers 104
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Jackson hit six 3-pointers while scoring 29 points, Monta Ellis added 22 points and Golden State beat Portland for its seventh win in nine games.
Baron Davis had 18 points for the Warriors, who beat Portland for the first time in three tries this season by scoring early and often. The Blazers had held the NBA's highest-scoring team under 100 points in both of their previous meetings, but the Warriors surged late for their fifth straight home win over Portland.
Brandon Roy scored 26 points and Travis Outlaw added 17 for the Blazers, who have lost nine of 12. Roy scored 17 points in the second half, but his teammates couldn't hit several key shots late in an uptempo game.
Wizards 101, Hornets 84
WASHINGTON (AP) - Antawn Jamison had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Washington beat New Orleans for its fourth win in five games and second over the Hornets in a week.
Leading 80-79 with 6:40 to play, the Wizards blew the game apart with a 19-0 run. Jamison started it with two free throws and a 3-pointer, then his block of Peja Stojakovic's layup led to a 3-pointer by DeShawn Stevenson that pushed the lead to nine. The Hornets didn't score again until a 3-pointer by Rasual Butler in the final minute.
Stojakovic scored 17 points and Chris Paul had 16 to lead the Hornets, who had won two straight since a 95-92 home loss to Washington last Monday.
DeShawn Stevenson finished with 16 points for the Wizards, who committed only seven turnovers and forced 15 by the Hornets.
Bobcats 110, Raptors 98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Charlotte took advantage of Chris Bosh's absence to beat Toronto.
With Bosh sidelined for perhaps a week with a sore right knee, the Raptors lost their second straight game and looked listless in the second half against one of the NBA's worst teams.
Richardson, taking over the brunt of the scoring with Gerald Wallace out indefinitely following a severe concussion, hit 10 of 24 shots and all seven free throws. Rookie Jared Dudley added a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which snapped a five-game losing streak in its second win in 14 games.
Anthony Parker scored 24 points and Bosh's fill-in, Rasho Nesterovic, added 16 for the Raptors. But Andrea Bargnani failed to step up his game with Toronto's three-time All-Star in street clothes, finishing with six points and five rebounds on 2-of-8 shooting.
Celtics 98, Hawks 88
BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 30 points, 17 in the pivotal third quarter, and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Boston to its fifth consecutive win.
Ray Allen scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go with a career-high six assists. Point guard Rajon Rondo had six points and eight assists one day before the Celtics are expected to bring in backup Sam Cassell, who was waived last week by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Josh Smith scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, and Al Horford had 14 and 11 for the Hawks, who missed a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Newly acquired Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine assists.
Kings 120, Heat 109
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ron Artest scored 32 points, Kevin Martin added 29 and Sacramento overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to beat Miami.
. 13, 2004.
Dwyane Wade had 26 points and seven assists for Miami, which beat Seattle on Friday night and was seeking only its second win streak all season. Shawn Marion had 19 points and eight rebounds, Jason Williams added 18 points and eight assists, while Ricky Davis scored 14 points.
Pacers 128, Bucks 106
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Dunleavy tied his career high of 36 points for the second straight game, and Indiana beat Milwaukee for its second straight win.
Danny Granger had 27 points and nine rebounds. He returned to the starting lineup after being suspended a game for striking Chicago's Andres Nocioni in the face on Wednesday.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 28 points. Desmond Mason and Mo Williams each added 15 in the Bucks' third straight loss. Milwaukee forward Yi Jianlian left with a sprained left ankle with 10:44 to play and did not return.
SuperSonics 111, Timberwolves 108, OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Chris Wilcox added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Seattle snapped its four-game losing streak.
Earl Watson had 15 points and Nick Collison 14 for Seattle, which opened its seven-game road trip in dramatic fashion against the worst team in the Western Conference.
Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Rashad McCants had 18 points.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Clippers Prediction Will the L.A. Clippers hand the Denver Nuggets another ATS loss when the two teams meet at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night?
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Kings Prediction Are the Utah Jazz the smart bet to cover the point spread on Wednesday night when they visit the Sacramento Kings at 10:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Thunder Prediction The Los Angeles Lakers have been a horrible bet to cover against the Oklahoma City Thunder in previous meetings. Will that be the case again...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Bucks Prediction Is the betting total set too high in Wednesday night's Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks matchup? Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail Knicks vs. Grizzlies Prediction Are the New York Knicks a bad bet to cover the point spread tonight when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at 8:00 p.m. ET?

NBA Team Pages