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Lakers rally past Blazers late for 12th win in 13

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 20 2011 11:21 p.m. MDT

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, back right, of France, and teammate forward Gerald Wallace (3) double team Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Gus Ruelas, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 22 points in a dynamic fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from behind in the final three minutes for their 12th win in 13 games, 84-80 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Derek Fisher made back-to-back steals to put the Lakers ahead before hitting a clinching jumper with 10 seconds left. Bryant did the rest despite his sprained ankle and sore jaw, highlighted by a picture-perfect fallaway jumper with 32 seconds to play.

The Lakers played without starting center Andrew Bynum, who was suspended two games by the NBA on Sunday for his flagrant foul on Minnesota's Michael Beasley two days earlier.

Nicolas Batum scored 22 of his 25 points in the first three quarters for the Blazers.

MAVERICKS 101, WARRIORS 73: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Peja Stojakovic added 17, and Mavericks got back on track with a victory over the Golden State Warriors to clinch their 11th straight playoff berth.

Stojakovic returned from a six-game layoff due to a stiff neck, a stretch that included losses to fellow Western Conference powers San Antonio and the Lakers in which the Mavs struggled from the perimeter.

RAPTORS 95, THUNDER 93: At Oklahoma City, Amir Johnson made a layup with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points for the Raptors, who snapped a 14-game road losing streak with their first win away from home since Jan. 5 at Cleveland. Oklahoma City had its six-game winning streak snapped.

SUNS 108, CLIPPERS 99: At Los Angeles, Steve Nash had 23 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, Channing Frye added 19 points and the Suns surged early in the fourth quarter for a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Frye hit two of his five 3-pointers in the final minutes of his second game back from a dislocated right shoulder for the Suns, who have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Clippers.

KINGS 127, T-WOLVES 95: At Minneapolis, Samuel Dalembert had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton added 23 points, nine assists and eight boards to lead the Kings to a victory over the Timberwolves.

Rookie DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the third quarter after shoving Martell Webster, but the Kings went on a 21-0 run without him. The Kings picked up their 17th win of the season, tying them with the Wolves for fewest in the West.

BUCKS 100, KNICKS 95: At Milwaukee, Carlos Delfino scored a career-high 30 points and Brandon Jennings finished an assist short of a triple-double to lead the Bucks to a victory over the struggling Knicks.

Milwaukee (28-41) is tied with Charlotte for ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

HAWKS 104, PISTONS 96: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 18 points, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson each added 17, helping the Atlanta Hawks snap a two-game skid.

Rodney Stuckey missed two jump shots in the final 1:14 but still led the Pistons with 22 points in a reserve role. Reserve forward Chris Wilcox added 18 and Greg Monroe scored 17 for Detroit, which has lost seven straight on the road and is 7-28 away from home.

WIZARDS 98, NETS 92: At Washington, John Wall scored 26 points to help the Washington Wizards overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets.

After New Jersey's Kris Humphries scored five straight points to tie the score at 90 with 1:44 left, Wall hit a jumper with 1:22 left and another with 46.5 for a 94-90 lead.

Wall was helped out by Jordan Crawford's 21 points, JaVale McGee's 16 and Maurice Evans' 15.

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