PHILADELPHIA — Lou Williams nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer, scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and spoiled Kobe Bryant's record-setting night while leading the Philadelphia 76ers to 95-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
With "Beat L.A.!" echoing through a second straight sellout crowd, Williams hit the tying jumper, then followed with the 3 for a 91-88 lead. He hit another floater to make it 93-88, part of a fantastic fourth that saw him hold off Bryant and help the Sixers improve to 13-3 at home.
Bryant scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half. He passed former teammate Shaquille O'Neal and moved into fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list. Bryant got 24 points in a hurry to pass O'Neal, but stumbled down the stretch and missed nine of his 10 shots in the fourth.
Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
CLIPPERS 107, MAGIC 102: At Orlando, Fla., Chris Paul scored 29 points, including 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 15-point first-half deficit and slipped by the Orlando Magic. Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups each added 18 points for the Clippers.
The Clippers have won six of the last seven games and snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Magic. But they may have lost Billups for an extended period after he slipped and left in the fourth quarter with a left Achilles injury.
Dwight Howard had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Richardson added 20 points for the Magic. Point guard Jameer Nelson returned to the Orlando lineup after missing five consecutive games with concussion symptoms and had 15 points and 12 assists.
WIZARDS 111, RAPTORS 108 (OT): At Washington, John Wall scored 31 points, Nick Young had a season-high 29 and Trevor Booker added a season-high 19 as the Wizards blew an 18-point third-quarter lead and then hung on to beat Toronto in overtime.
Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza each had a season-high 30 points for Toronto.
SUNS 99, HAWKS 90: At Atlanta, Steve Nash scored 24 points and Phoenix broke open a close game with a 24-6 run to close the third quarter and beat the Hawks.
Nash, whose 38th birthday is today, had 11 assists and shot 9-of-12 — including all four of his 3-pointers. Channing Frye had 19 points, including a 3-pointer and another basket in the closing minutes to help the Suns stop Atlanta's final comeback attempt.
Josh Smith had 18 points and Joe Johnson 17 for the Hawks, who suffered their third straight loss, all at home, after a 4-1 road trip.
BULLS 109, NETS 87: At Newark, N.J., Carlos Boozer scored 24 points to lead Chicago to an easy victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Luol Deng scored 19 points and C.J. Watson added 14 points and 10 assists in place of Derrick Rose. The reigning league MVP played less than 11 minutes in the first half and the Bulls said at halftime that he would not return because of back spasms.
Deron Williams scored 25 points for the Nets, who only dressed nine players.
KINGS 100, HORNETS 92: At New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 19 rebounds, and Sacramento erased an 18-point deficit en route to a victory over slumping New Orleans.
Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, when Sacramento took its first lead. Isaiah Thomas scored 17, including a 31-foot 3-pointer with 2:15 to go that gave the Kings a 94-88 lead.
Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points and Marco Belinelli 18 points for New Orleans, which has lost six straight.
SPURS 89, GRIZZLIES 84: At Memphis, Tenn., Tony Parker scored 21 points, and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead San Antonio over the Grizzlies. Duncan scored 13 of his points in the second half as the Spurs opened a nine-game road trip with a win.
Marc Gasol scored 22 points to lead Memphis.
ROCKETS 99, NUGGETS 90: At Denver, Luis Scola scored 25 points and Houston handed the injury-riddled Nuggets their third straight loss.
The Nuggets not only lost for the fifth time in six games but they lost budding star forward Danilo Gallinari, who rolled his left ankle in the third quarter. X-rays revealed a chip fracture of the foot and he was scheduled for further tests today "for a definitive diagnosis," the team said. Gallinari had 14 points when he went down with 9:38 left in the third quarter.
Kyle Lowry added 20 points for Houston, which won for just the fourth time in a dozen road games.
THUNDER 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 107 (OT): At Portland, Ore., Kevin Durant had 33 points, including a dunk with 2.9 seconds left in overtime, and Oklahoma City slipped past the Trail Blazers (13-11), who suffered just their second loss at the Rose Garden. Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who upped their NBA-best record to 19-5.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points for Portland, who led 103-101 with 6 seconds left in regulation before a goaltending call that drew the ire of the Rose Garden crowd and seemed to take the energy out of the Blazers.
With the game knotted at 103 to force overtime, Westbrook hit a jumper and James Harden added a fast-break dunk to give the Thunder a 107-103 lead. Jamal Crawford's pull-up jumper narrowed it to 109-107 for the Blazers, but Durant dunked with 2.9 seconds left to put it away.