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Lakers rally past Celtics in another thriller

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and hit a go-ahead jump shot with 41.7 seconds to play to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 97-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 2{ minutes. The All-Star center hit a short hook shot over Kevin Garnett with 15.5 seconds left, and Boston couldn't get a good look at a tying 3-pointer.

Rajon Rondo had 24 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who opened an eight-game road trip by blowing a late lead. On Boston's final possession, Ray Allen failed to get free for a 3-pointer before Rondo badly missed a tying attempt.

76ers 106, Knicks 94 At New York, Lou Williams scored 12 of his 28 points in a dazzling third-quarter flurry, and Evan Turner had 24 points and 15 rebounds as Philadelphia handed New York its fifth straight loss.

Williams tossed in a long jumper to beat the halftime buzzer, then had a dozen points in the final 3:28 of the third quarter, when the 76ers seized control for their third straight victory.

Andre Iguodala had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the 76ers, who turned a competitive game into a rout to end a three-game losing streak to the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but Jeremy Lin shot just 5 of 18 for 14 points for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had eight points and 12 rebounds after missing two games with a strained left hamstring.

Cavaliers 118, Rockets 107 At Cleveland, Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and rookie Kyrie Irving came through again in the fourth quarter as Cleveland beat Houston.

Cleveland, which recorded a season high in points, had six players in double figures in winning its third straight game for the first time this season.

Luis Scola scored a season-high 30 points to lead Houston, which has lost six of seven.

Bucks 105, Raptors 99 At Toronto, Ersan Ilyasova had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Drew Gooden added 21 points as short-handed Milwaukee won its sixth straight over Toronto.

Mike Dunleavy scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks pulled within one game of the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks had just 10 active players, having lost Shaun Livingston (sprained left ankle) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (right knee) in Friday's win over New York. Milwaukee swingman Stephen Jackson has sidelined by a sore right hamstring since Feb. 19.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jerryd Bayless had 16 for the Raptors.

Magic 107, Pacers 94 At Orlando, Florida, Dwight Howard had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and J.J. Redick added 18 points and a career-high nine assists as Orlando ran past Indiana.

The Magic played without starters Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson, but seemed unfazed as they built a 20-point lead in the first half and got 30 points from their reserves.

Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points, Tyler Hansbrough added 19 and Danny Granger 18.

Grizzlies 94, Nuggets 91 At Denver, O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the closing seconds as Memphis hung on to beat Denver to sweep the three-game regular-season series for the first time in their history.

Mike Conley, who returned to play after suffering a cut above his right eye, had 13 points. Dante Cunningham added 12 points and Tony Allen 10 for the Grizzlies, who also snapped an eight-game losing streak in Denver.

Nene, Al Harrington and Corey Brewer each scored 15 for the Nuggets, who dropped to 2-2 on a season-high nine-game homestand.

Other games also on Sunday:

Warriors 97, Clippers 93

Hawks 106, Kings 99

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant #24 shoots over Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen #20 in the first half of an NBA game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 11. (AP/AFP)



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