NBA: Bryant, Lakers run by Suns prevails

2012-11-17T00:00:00Z NBA: Bryant, Lakers run by Suns prevailsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 17, 2012 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five three-pointers while scoring 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers played Mike D'Antoni's style of up-tempo basketball in a 114-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center.

• Grizzlies 105, Knicks 95: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 24 points and Memphis handed New York its first loss of the season.

• Thunder 110, Hornets 95: In New Orleans, Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Oklahoma City rolled to its sixth victory in seven games.

• Warriors 106, Timberwolves, 98: In Minneapolis, David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State dominated inside in the victory.

• 76ers 99, Jazz 93: In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Sixers snap a three-game home losing streak.

• Pacers 103, Mavericks 83: In Indianapolis, David West and George Hill each scored 15 points, and the Pacers improved to 3-1 at home.

• Magic 110, Pistons 106: In Auburn Hills, Mich., J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and Orlando got the win on the road.

• Hawks, 112, Kings 96: in Sacramento, Calif., Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Hawks earned their ninth consecutive win against the Kings.

• Trail Blazers 119, Rockets 117 OT: In Portland, Ore., Nicolas Batum had a career-high 35 points for Portland.

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• Houston Rockets first-round pick Royce White says on Twitter that properly treating his mental-health condition is more important than his NBA career.

White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been absent from Houston's practices for almost a week and called the team "inconsistent" for how it was helping him deal with his anxiety issues and obsessive compulsive disorder.

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook has been captured in bronze for future generations of basketball fans.

Staples Center in Los Angeles unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history Friday night, immortalizing Jabbar's famed hook shot.

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