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Bryant, Lakers slip past Bobcats

Kobe Bryant hit a long jumper with 0.9 seconds left to cap a 21-point fourth quarter in the Los Angeles Lakers' 117-116 victory over the Bobcats last night at Charlotte, N.C.

Bryant finished with 32 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who trailed much of the way against the expansion Bobcats.

Chucky Atkins added 26 points to give Los Angeles consecutive road wins for the first time this season.

Brevin Knight, back in the Charlotte lineup after missing three games with a sprained ankle, had 21 points and 17 assists, and rookie Emeka Okafor had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds.

After struggling to 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting through three quarters, Bryant hit six straight shots -- including three 3-pointers -- to help the Lakers cut a 10-point Charlotte lead to 110-108 on a jumper over Keith Bogans with 2:45 left.

Then, after closing to 116-115 on a tip-in by Jumaine Jones with 31 seconds left, the Lakers got the ball back and Bryant did the rest.

Warriors 105, Hawks 92 -- Mike Dunleavy and Jason Richardson each scored 22 points and Golden State set a team record with 18 3-pointers at Atlanta. Dunleavy was 6 for 7 from 3-point range, and Baron Davis went 6 for 10 and scored 20 points. The Warriors became the fifth team to fall one 3-pointer shy of the NBA record set by Atlanta in a 107-93 victory in Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.

Trail Blazers 80, Grizzlies 66 -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Portland beat visiting Memphis to give Kevin Pritchard his first victory as the Trail Blazers' interim head coach. The Blazers fired coach Maurice Cheeks March 2 as the team's playoff chances drew dire. Pritchard, the team's director of player personnel, got off to a rocky start, losing his first four games.

Nuggets 90, Spurs 87 -- Carmelo Anthony made a 14-foot jumper and a pair of free throws down the stretch to lead Denver, winner of eight straight, at San Antonio. The Spurs, playing without Tim Duncan (sprained right ankle) and Manu Ginobili (groin tightness) for the second straight game, led, 79-70, with about 9 minutes left but Denver chipped away while San Antonio's offense bogged down.

Hornets 111, Bucks 107 -- J.R. Smith scored 16 points, including three key free throws in the final 4 seconds, helping host New Orleans beat Milwaukee.

Heat 90, Nets 65 -- Eddie Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in a decisive third quarter to send host Miami to its eighth consecutive win.

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