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Kobe passes Shaq, but Philly passes LA

Associated Press / February 7, 2012
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Lou Williams nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer, scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and spoiled Kobe Bryant’s record-setting night while leading the 76ers to 95-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night in Philadelphia.

With “Beat L.A.!’’ echoing through a second straight sellout crowd, Williams hit the tying jumper, then followed with the 3-pointer for a 91-88 lead. He hit another floater to make it 93-88, part of a fantastic fourth that saw him hold off Bryant and help the Sixers improve to 13-3 at home.

Bryant’s 24 first-half points saw him pass former teammate Shaquille O’Neal and moved into fifth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. But Bryant stumbled down the stretch and missed 9 of 10 shots in the fourth, finishing with 28 points.

Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sixers committed only four turnovers, a minuscule number that was enough to make up for getting pounded on the boards. Led by Bynum and Gasol, the Lakers outrebounded Philadelphia, 55-30.

Lakers coach Mike Brown served a one-game suspension for making contact with a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection in Saturday’s game. John Keuster filled in for Brown.

The Sixers failed to acknowledge Bryant’s special achievement.

Knicks 99, Jazz 88 - Former Harvard point guard Jeremy Lin had career-highs of 28 points and eight assists in his first career start, Steve Novak added a season-best 19, and New York overcame the absence of Amare Stoudemire and early loss of Carmelo Anthony to beat Utah in Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire left the team to join his family in Florida after older brother Hazell was killed there earlier yesterday in a car crash, then Anthony left after just six minutes with a strained right groin.

Al Jefferson scored 22 points in a disappointing effort for the Jazz in the opener of a brief two-game road trip.

Struggling to get going without a real point guard, the Knicks turned to Lin Saturday against New Jersey, and he delivered 25 points. He was even better in this one in front of a crowd that again chanted his name much of the night.

He made the biggest basket of the game, a desperation 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and 1:58 remaining that gave the Knicks a 95-86 lead. He previously converted two 3-point plays in the period.

Lin and Novak helped the Knicks overcome the absence of about 42 points per game from their two stars. So did Jared Jeffries, who added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Clippers 107, Magic 102 - Chris Paul scored 29 points, including 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Los Angeles slipped by host Orlando.

Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups each added 18 points for the Clippers.

Billups left in the fourth quarter with a left Achilles injury.

Dwight Howard had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Richardson added 20 points for the Magic.

Thunder 111, Trailblazers 107 - Kevin Durant dropped 33 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists, and Oklahoma City outlasted host Portland in overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points on 14-of-28 shooting for Portland.

Bulls 108, Nets 87 - Chicago lost point guard Derrick Rose because of lower back spasms, but Carlos Boozer scored 24 points as the Bulls still beat host New Jersey.

Suns 99, Hawks 90 - Steve Nash scored 24 points and visiting Phoenix broke open a close game with a 24-6 run to close the third quarter, beating Atlanta.

Nash, whose 38th birthday is today, had 11 assists and shot 9 of 12.

Wizards 111, Raptors 108 - John Wall scored 31 points and Nick Young had a season-high 29 as host Washington blew an 18-point third-quarter lead then hung on to beat Toronto.

The Wizards outscored Toronto, 6-3, in the overtime.

Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza both had a season-high 30 points for Toronto.

Spurs 89, Grizzlies 84 - Tony Parker scored 21 points, and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead San Antonio over host Memphis.

Rockets 99, Nuggets 90 - Luis Scola scored 25 points and visiting Houston handed injury-riddled Denver its third straight loss.

The Nuggets not only lost for the fifth time in six games but they lost budding star forward Danilo Gallinari, who rolled his left ankle in the third quarter. X-rays revealed a chip fracture of the foot and he was scheduled for further tests today “for a definitive diagnosis,’’ the team said.

Kings 100, Hornets 92 - DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 19 rebounds, and visiting Sacramento erased an 18-point deficit en route to beating slumping New Orleans.

Chris Kaman added 10 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks in his return from a weeklong absence while the Hornets tried to trade him.

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