DALLAS — Kobe Bryant overcame a sore ankle to score 16 points, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 96-91 on Saturday night.
Bryant shot just 6 of 20, but scored six points and assisted on the other basket in a 9-0 run by the Lakers late in the second quarter. That snapped a tie and put them ahead to stay.
After Bryant came down awkwardly on his left ankle late in the third quarter and left the game for a bit, the Lakers immediately scored eight consecutive points to stretch the lead to 10.
The Mavericks (47-19) are only a half-game ahead of Los Angeles (47-20) for second place in the Western Conference.
HEAT 118, GRIZZLIES 85: At Miami, Dwyane Wade blocked four shots in a dazzling 55-second span shortly after tipoff and Miami rolled past Memphis for its second straight victory. It was one of Miami's top defensive displays of the season, holding the Grizzlies to 39-percent shooting and forcing Memphis into missing its final 10 shots of the first half. Wade finished with 28 points, nine assists, five rebounds and five blocks. LeBron James scored 27 points while taking the fourth quarter off for Miami, which got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Bosh. The 33-point victory margin was Miami's largest this season, and the Heat set a season high with 11 blocked shots.
HORNETS 115, KINGS 103: At New Orleans, Chris Paul returned from a concussion and scored a season-high 33 points and added 15 assists, seven rebounds and five steals for New Orleans. David West scored 25 points and former King Carl Landry added 20 for New Orleans, which has won four of five games and passed Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference.
HAWKS 91, TRAIL BLAZERS 82: At Atlanta, Jeff Teague matched a career high with 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 20 and Atlanta snapped a four-game slide with a victory over Portland.Comment on this story
CLIPPERS 122, WIZARDS 101: At Washington, Blake Griffin scored all of his 26 points in the first half for Los Angeles. In the matchup between the last two No. 1 overall picks, Griffin got the best of John Wall, both on the scoreboard and in the individual battle. Wall had 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
BUCKS 102, 76ERS 74: At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut scored 17 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five steals to help Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.
SPURS 115, ROCKETS 107: At Houston, Tony Parker scored 21 points and helped NBA-leading San Antonio hold off Houston. Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Antonio McDyess had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs.
NUGGETS 131, PISTONS 101: At Denver, J.R. Smith scored 26 of his season-high 31 points in the second half for Denver. Smith was 9 of 15 from 3-point range for Denver, 7-2 since the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York on Feb. 22. Nene added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Ty Lawson had 15 points and 11 assists.