NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Pau Gasol to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 on Tuesday night.
Antawn Jamison, starting for the suspended World Peace, made the go-ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games.
Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol, his replacement, appeared to injure his right foot with a little more than 4 minutes remaining.
Brook Lopez capitalized on the Lakers’ center woes to finish with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but he was the Nets’ only offense down the stretch in their fourth loss in six games.
In what’s been a strange and stormy season for the Lakers, coach Mike D’Antoni pronounced Howard doubtful at the morning shootaround, either unaware that Howard had already decided he wouldn’t play or unwilling to announce it. Howard spoke to reporters just minutes later, ruling himself out.
That freed things up for Gasol — one of the top big men in the world but struggling to find his way in D’Antoni’s offense and Howard’s shadow — to start. He hurt his right foot while defending Lopez with 4:21 remaining, falling to the court without noticeable contact. Gasol stayed in the game after getting attended to by the trainer, but then had to ask out shortly after and returned to the locker room.
PACERS 114, HAWKS 103: In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 29 points to lead Indiana to its 15th straight home win.
David West had 15 points and seven rebounds and George Hill added 15 points and eight assists to help the Pacers to their fourth straight victory overall and their longest home win streak in 13 years.
Jeff Teague had 24 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks, who have lost three of their last four.
The Pacers went on a 7-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. Lance Stephenson scored on a layup before Hill hit a 3-pointer with 6:28 left to play to give the Pacers a 100-84 lead, their largest advantage of the game.
ROCKETS 140, GOLDEN STATE 109: In Houston, the Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 3-pointers in win over Golden State.
Jeremy Lin scored 28 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and Chandler Parsons and James Harden hit four 3s apiece as the Rockets reached a season-high point total. They also tied an NBA record with 14 3-pointers in the first half and had a season-high 35 assists on 46 field goals overall.
Harden added 18 and Parsons scored 16 for Houston. The Rockets put on the shooting display without their best 3-point shooter — Carlos Delfino sat out with a right elbow injury.
Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and David Lee had 18 for the Warriors.
SUNS 96, GRIZZLIES 90: In Memphis, Tenn., Goran Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Phoenix past Memphis.
Dragic, who had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting through three quarters, was 5 for 6 in the fourth, including converting three three-point plays to help the Suns snap a two-game losing streak.
After the score was tied at 88, Dragic scored six straight points to put the game away.
Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, while Jermaine O’Neal had 14 points. Kendall Marshall added 11 points and Luis Scola finished with 10.
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, to lead the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince scored 11 points.
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