NEW ORLEANS — Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Bryant entered the game needing 13 points to eclipse the milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets.
KNICKS 100, BOBCATS 98
At Charlotte, J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give New York a win over Charlotte.
The Bobcats appeared in position to win after a miss by Raymond Felton with 14 seconds left, but rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an ill-advised pass and Smith intercepted it.
After a timeout, Smith drove to the left side and hit an 18-footer over Kidd-Gilchrist.
HAWKS 108, NUGGETS 104
At Atlanta, Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta’s lead and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.
PACERS 99, TRAIL BLAZERS 92
At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 22 points and George Hill added 18 to help Indiana beat Portland.
CELTICS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 94
At Boston, Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten (10-0) against his former team as Boston beat Minnesota in Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension.
SPURS 110, BUCKS 99
At San Antonio, Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and San Antonio had a season-high 53 rebounds against Milwaukee.
WARRIORS 104, PISTONS 97
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away.
BULLS 95, CAVALIERS 85
At Cleveland, Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and Chicago took control early to beat Cleveland.