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NBA roundup: World Peace thrown out in Lakers win

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 11:17 p.m. MDT

Oklahoma City's James Harden lies on the floor after being hit by the Lakers' Metta World Peace on Sunday.

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LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored six of his 26 points in the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 114-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Metta World Peace scored 12 points before getting ejected late in the second quarter for a vicious elbow to the back of James Harden's head while celebrating a dunk. Harden, who had 14 points, briefly returned to Oklahoma City's bench, but didn't play again.

Pau Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who made an impressive comeback in their regular-season home finale against off-target Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who combined to miss 42 of their 56 shots.

KNICKS 113, HAWKS 112: At Atlanta, Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points, and New York outlasted Atlanta in a game between two playoff-bound teams still battling for postseason seeding.

The Hawks took their final lead at 112-111 on Joe Johnson's 3-pointer with 1:50 left. Anthony countered with a jumper 10 seconds later for the final margin.

Amare Stoudemire blocked a dunk attempt by Atlanta's Marvin Williams moments before the buzzer. Stoudemire started at center in place of Tyson Chandler, who was resting a sore knee.

KINGS 114, BOBCATS 88: At Charlotte, N.C., DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Sacramento handed Charlotte its 20th straight loss.

The Kings had lost nine of their previous 10 games, but this one was never in doubt as they scored 78 points in the paint and led by as many as 35 in the fourth quarter.

HEAT 97, ROCKETS 88: At Miami, LeBron James had 32 points and eight rebounds, Norris Cole added 16 points and Miami pulled away in the final minutes to eliminate Houston from postseason contention.

Mike Miller scored 11 for injury-depleted Miami, which still has a mathematical chance of catching Chicago for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Joel Anthony added 11 for the Heat on 5-for-5 shooting.

PISTONS 76, RAPTORS 73: At Auburn Hills, Mich., reserve Ben Gordon scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket, to help Detroit beat Toronto.

Gordon's 3-pointer with less than 3 minutes to play broke a 68-all tie and he added four subsequent free throws to keep Detroit ahead. Rookie Brandon Knight also had 19 points to help the Pistons end a two-game losing streak.

WARRIORS 93, TIMBERWOLVES 88: At Minneapolis, Charles Jenkins had 24 points and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes to rally Golden State from a 21-point deficit.

Brandon Rush scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and also grabbed nine rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 17 points for the Warriors, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

SPURS 114, CAVALIERS 98: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 20 points to lead San Antonio to its seventh straight victory.

San Antonio (47-16) moved 1.5 games ahead of Oklahoma City, which lost to the Lakers earlier Sunday, in the race for the best record in the Western Conference.

NUGGETS 101, MAGIC 74: At Denver, JaVale McGee scored 17 points and Denver pulled away to beat Orlando.

Danilo Gallinari also scored 17, Arron Afflalo had 15 and Ty Lawson 13 for the Nuggets, who swept the two-game season series with Orlando, avoiding the Magic's injured Dwight Howard both times.

CLIPPERS 107, HORNETS 98: At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 33 points and 13 assists, Randy Foye hit three of this six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Clippers rallied to beat New Orleans to move within a half-game of the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead.

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