CHARLOTTE — Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers overcome a 20-point second-half deficit to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-93 Friday night.
Bryant attempted two shots in the first half and didn’t come out for warm-ups to start the second half.
But he provided the jolt the Lakers needed in the third quarter and scored 14 points in the final period, including a driving layup with 40 seconds left to push the lead to five.
Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson each had 20 points for the Bobcats, who have lost six straight.
Also, the Bobcats and Nets have had discussions about a trade of shooting guard Ben Gordon for power forward Kris Humphries, The Charlotte Observer said two NBA sources confirmed.
HORNETS 111, HAWKS 100
At Atlanta, Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points against Atlanta for a rare win streak for last-place New Orleans.
HEAT 111, CLIPPERS 89
At Miami, LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade scored 20 and Miami dominated the middle two quarters against Los Angeles.
THUNDER 127, PHOENIX 96
At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 21 points, and Oklahoma City rode a 21-0 third-quarter run to a victory over Phoenix.
KNICKS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 94
At Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds to rally New York past Minnesota.
ROCKETS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 103
At Houston, James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat Portland.
WIZARDS 89, NETS 74
At Washington, Washington held Brooklyn without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during the first half, survived a second-half slump and held on.
GRIZZLIES 99, WARRIORS 93
At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help Memphis defeat Golden State.
PISTONS 119, SPURS 109
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Detroit snapped San Antonio’s 11-game win streak.
RAPTORS 100, PACERS 98 (OT)
At Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Toronto past Indiana.
CAVALIERS 119, MAGIC 108
At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, and Cleveland sent Orlando to its 12th straight loss.