LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
Steve Blake stole Josh Smith's final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers (30-30), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points.
After Bryant scored the Lakers' final basket while driving directly at Smith, Blake swiped Smith's desperation pass from underneath Los Angeles' basket. Bryant threw the ball high in the air to run out the clock on Los Angeles' seventh straight home victory over the Hawks since 2006.
HEAT 99, KNICKS 93: At New York, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory. Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, who had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season. Chris Bosh finished with 16 points.
THUNDER 108, CLIPPERS 104: At Los Angeles, Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City held off a late rally by Los Angeles. Serge Ibaka added 16 points as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid, bouncing back less than 48 hours after losing at Denver.
PACERS 97, BULLS 92: At Indianapolis, David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 21, leading Indiana past Chicago. The Pacers (38-22) have won seven of their last eight games, going 6-1 since the All-Star break, and hold a four-game lead over second-place Chicago.
SPURS 114, PISTONS 75: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio routed Detroit. Danny Green added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 14 for the Spurs (47-14), who rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season.
ROCKETS 136, MAVERICKS 103: At Houston, Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-13 shooting and Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dallas. Jeremy Lin and James Harden added 21 points apiece, and Lin had nine assists for the Rockets.Comment on this story
GRIZZLIES 108, MAGIC 82: At Orlando, Fla., Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points and 11 assists as Memphis cruised to a victory over Orlando. The Grizzlies, who have won nine of their last 10 games, led by as many as 32 points and had six players in double figures.
WIZARDS 90, 76ERS 87: At Washington, John Wall scored the final six points of the game after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with an apparent injury, leading Washington past Philadelphia.
KINGS 119, BOBCATS 83: At Sacramento, Calif., John Salmons scored 22 points and Jason Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Sacramento over slumping Charlotte. Marcus Thornton also scored 18 points for the Kings.