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Lakers squeeze past Suns
Pau Gasol piles on the pressure as Lakers find winning form against Phoenix.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2008 11:36 GMT

Andrew Bynum of the Lakers and Robin Lopez of the Suns tip off [GALLO/GETTY]
Pau Gasol piled on 28 points as the Los Angeles Lakers squeezed past the Phoenix Suns 115-110.

Kobe Bryant had seven of his 18 points in the last 6-1/2 minutes, enabling the home team to hang on to avoid consecutive defeats following the loss to Sacramento on Tuesday.

The Suns played without Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and rookie Sean Singletary, traded to Charlotte earlier in the day for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and a draft pick.

Phoenix were also without former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal, whose 92-year-old great-grandmother died this week.

Cavaliers 101, 76ers 93

In Philadelphia, LeBron James scored 29 points and Mo Williams added a season-high 27 as Cleveland cruised to their 10th consecutive victory, beating Philadelphia.

Anderson Varejao added 15 points, and Ben Wallace had 10 rebounds for the
Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who improved to 19-3 and 7-3 on the road.

They are one win shy of tying the franchise record of 11 straight wins set during the 1988-89 season.

Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 27 points for the 76ers.

Spurs 95, Hawks 89

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 27 points in a return to his sixth-man role to help San Antonio extend their winning streak to four games.

Tim Duncan, playing in his 1,000th NBA game in the regular season and playoffs, added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 29 points.

Knicks 121, Nets 109

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Al Harrington scored a season-high 39 points, fellow New Jersey high school star Tim Thomas also had his best game of the season as New York rallied to beat the Nets.

Harrington was a point short of his career high, while Thomas scored a season-high 26.

Acquired in separate deals on the same day last month, Harrington and Thomas were too athletic for the Nets' forwards, helping New York storm back from a poor start.

Wilson Chandler added 24 points for the Knicks, who rebounded from a 105-100 loss in Chicago on Tuesday and won for just the second time in six games.

Devin Harris scored 32 points for the Nets.

Nuggets 116, Timberwolves 105

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony matched the NBA record for points in a quarter with 33 in the third and finished with a season-high 45 for the game as Denver downed Minnesota.

Anthony tied the NBA mark of 33 points set by San Antonio's George Gervin in the second quarter against New Orleans on April 9, 1978.

He also broke the franchise record of 32 set by David Thompson against Detroit, also on April 9, 1978.

Minnesota has lost seven straight games, the past two since Kevin McHale took over as head coach.

Raptors 101, Pacers 88

In Toronto, Jason Kapono scored a season-high 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto beat Indiana to snap a five-game losing streak and give interim coach Jay Triano his first win since he took over for the fired Sam Mitchell.

Jamario Moon also had a season high with 17 points for Toronto.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 22 points, and Troy Murphy had 20 points and 20 rebounds.

The Pacers have lost four straight and nine of 11.

DJ Augustin #14 of the Charlotte Bobcats is fouled by Rasual Butler of the Hornets [GALLO/GETTY]
Hornets 105, Bobcats 89

In New Orleans, Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists, and David West and Peja Stojakovic each scored 17 points in New Orleans' seventh win in eight games.

Rookie DJ Augustin scored a career-high 28 points to lead Charlotte.

The Bobcats took the floor with a depleted line-up shortly after a multiplayer trade that sent leading scorer Jason Richardson to Phoenix.

Warriors 119, Bucks 96

In Oakland, California, Stephen Jackson scored 21 points as Golden State beat Milwaukee a notched consecutive wins to steady after a nine-game losing streak.

Grizzlies 108, Thunder 102

In Oklahoma City, Rudy Gay had 22 points, and backup point guard Mike Conley scored 14 of his 16 points in fourth quarter to help Memphis beat Oklahoma City and win a consecutive game for the first time this season.

OJ Mayo added 18 points to pass Magic Johnson for the third longest streak of double-figure games to start a career at 22.

Only Dan Issel (27) and Bobby Jones (24) had longer streaks.

Kevin Durant had 28 points for Oklahoma City, an NBA-worst 2-22.

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