NBA: No D'Antoni yet, but Lakers cruise anyway

2012-11-19T00:00:00Z NBA: No D'Antoni yet, but Lakers cruise anywayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Los Angeles Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets 119-108 Sunday night for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.

Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Pau Gasol scored his 15,000th career point among his 17 as the Lakers returned to .500 by running away from their second straight opponent since coach Mike D'Antoni took over their practices.

D'Antoni watched his second straight game from the Lakers' locker room while interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff ran the bench. D'Antoni decided earlier Sunday to delay his debut, giving him a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery.

Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and James Harden had 20 for the Rockets, who have lost six of eight.

• Nets 99, Kings 90: In Sacramento, Calif., reserve forward Andray Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn to its straight win. The Nets (6-2) matched the team's best start since the 2002-03 season.

• 76ers 86, Cavaliers 79: In Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead the 76ers over reeling Cleveland. Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday each added 14 points for the Sixers, who've won two straight and five of seven.

• Knicks 88, Pacers 76: In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season. J.R. Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for New York.

• Raptors 97, Magic 86: In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto over slumping Orlando.

• Thunder 119, Warriors 109: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Thunder won. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points, and David Lee chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds.

• Pistons 103, Celtics 83: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pistons (2-9) to their first home win of the season.

• Trail Blazers 102, Bulls 94: In Portland, Ore., Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece and the Trail Blazers beat Chicago for their first-three-game winning streak since the beginning of last season.

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