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Lakers rally to survive Knicks

Nate Robinson (left) had 33 points, but his Knicks blew a 15-point halftime lead. Nate Robinson (left) had 33 points, but his Knicks blew a 15-point halftime lead. (GUS RUELAS/Associated Press)
Associated Press / December 17, 2008
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Kobe Bryant scored 9 of his 28 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes, and the Lakers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the New York Knicks, 116-114, last night in Los Angeles.

Trevor Ariza scored the go-ahead basket with 1:03 remaining to give the Lakers (21-3) their 14th win in 16 games.

Nate Robinson, who scored a season-high 33 points, had a chance to give New York the lead, but missed a short jumper with about 12 seconds to play. Two foul shots by Derek Fisher with 6.4 seconds left made it 115-112, and the Lakers then intentionally fouled Robinson, who made two foul shots with 3.8 seconds left to make it a 1-point game.

Fisher made another foul shot with 2.7 seconds left, and Chris Duhon missed a desperation shot from beyond halfcourt as time expired.

Rockets 108, Nuggets 96 - Tracy McGrady notched his fourth career triple-double and first this season, Yao Ming scored 32 points, and host Houston beat Denver.

McGrady had 20 points and reached season highs in rebounds (14) and assists (10) for his first triple-double since last December. Ron Artest scored 20 points off the bench and backup point guard Aaron Brooks added 18 points for the Rockets, who've won five of their last seven games despite a seemingly unending rash of injuries.

Bobcats 110, Bulls 100 - D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, and undermanned Charlotte snapped a seven-game losing streak with an overtime victory over visiting Chicago.

One of the new players from last week's trade with Phoenix, starting shooting guard Raja Bell, was ejected late in the first quarter for abusive comments directed at referee Eli Roe. Bell had missed his first five shots and was talking with Roe during a break before a free throw attempt when Roe came over to the scorer's table and emphatically whipped his arm to signal the ejection.

Hornets 91, Grizzlies 84 - Chris Paul had 18 points, 9 assists, and 5 steals, James Posey scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and visiting New Orleans beat Memphis.

The loss snapped the Grizzlies' four-game winning streak, its longest of the season.

Clippers 98, Thunder 88 - Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and rookie Eric Gordon fueled a 10-point run in the fourth quarter as visiting Los Angeles put away Oklahoma City for its third straight win.

Trail Blazers 109, Kings 77 - Brandon Roy scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and host Portland snapped a three-game losing streak by beating struggling Sacramento.

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