NEW ORLEANS -- Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.
Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20.
SPURS 110, BUCKS 99
San Antonio, which went on a 36-15 run bridging the final two quarters to pull away, outrebounded Milwaukee 53-36, including a 28-17 advantage in the second half.
KNICKS 100, BOBCATS 98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give New York a win over Charlotte.
After a timeout, Smith drove to the left side and hit an 18-footer over Kidd-Gilchrist.
Kemba Walker scored 25 points for the Bobcats.
PACERS 99, TRAIL BLAZERS 92
David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9), who have won four of five and moved above .500 for the first time since a 2-1 start.
Indiana outscored Portland 31-14 in the third quarter to take control. The Blazers made a push in the fourth but could get no closer than four.
CELTICS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 94
The Celtics improved to 10-0 against Minnesota since they acquired Garnett from the Timberwolves during the summer of 2007.
Boston went 1-1 without Rondo, suspended for his role in a scuffle during a game against the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday. Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists, Paul Pierce scored 18, Jason Terry 17 and Brandon Bass 12 for the Celtics.
WARRIORS 104, PISTONS 97
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away to beat Detroit.
The Warriors, starting a seven-game Eastern trip, snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29.
HAWKS 108, NUGGETS 104
ATLANTA -- Josh Smith's steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta's lead and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.
Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds on his 27th birthday, while Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Lawson's 3-pointer gave the Nuggets a 101-99 advantage before Horford hit a tying jumper.
Lou Williams made two free throws to put Atlanta up by two before Smith stole the ball from Lawson and completed a fast break with a dunk over Brewer, who was called for a foul.
BULLS 95, CAVALIERS 85
Belinelli, starting his second straight game in place of injured shooting guard Richard Hamilton, helped the Bulls bounce back from a four-point home loss to Indiana on Tuesday. They went ahead for good less than two minutes in and shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month. Anderson Varejao recorded his 10th straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds -- his 10th straight game with at least 15 boards.
JAZZ 87, MAGIC 81
SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Utah over Orlando.
Jefferson had just eight points at halftime but scored 17 in the third quarter and was the difference down the stretch as the Jazz held off a furious Orlando comeback attempt.
Orlando trailed by 14 in the first half and by 11 entering the fourth but took a 79-78 lead on Glen Davis' powerful jam.
Randy Foye's 3-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Jefferson sealed it for Utah.
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