Lakers pounded despite Kobe's 44

Golden State Warriors survive another Kobe Bryant scoring spree while Houston edge out Oklahoma in the NBA.

    Bryant (24) scored 44 points but Lakers still went down by 21 points [AP]
    Bryant (24) scored 44 points but Lakers still went down by 21 points [AP]

    The Golden State Warriors overcame 44 points from Kobe Bryant to pound the Los Angeles Lakers 136-115.

    Stephen Curry scored 30 points and dished out 15 assists in three quarters as the Warriors (8-2) captured their third win in a row and dealt the Lakers (1-9) a fourth straight defeat.

    Elsewhere, James Harden scored 19 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 69-65 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The Rockets improved to 9-1 on the season while the Thunder fell to 3-8 as they continue to play without the injured Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

    The Milwaukee Bucks won for the third time in four games, dominating the second half and defeating the slumping Miami Heat 91-84.

    Point guard Brandon Knight hit three huge three-pointers in the final three minutes to lead Milwaukee and finished with a game-high 20 points.

    The New York Knicks halted their seven-game losing streak, knocking off the Denver Nuggets 109-93.

    Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith poured in 28 points for the Knicks (3-8), who reached the century mark for the second straight game. Smith was making his first start of the season.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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