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NBA roundup — Dec. 17

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Lakers 96, Grizzlies 92

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in his sixth game of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a four-game road trip with a victory. The Memphis Grizzlies led 69-67 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run.

Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who were coming off a 114-100 loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Nick Young had 18 points, and Jodie Meeks finished with 13.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies played without Mike Conley, who sat out after bruising his left thigh Sunday.

Bobcats 95, Kings 87

Kemba Walker scored 24 points and the host Charlotte Bobcats beat the Sacramento Kings to snap a three-game losing streak.

Gerald Henderson added 20 points and reserve Ramon Sessions scored 16 for the Bobcats, who went 8-for-17 from 3-point range. Walker also had five assists in his 10th game with at least 10 points.

DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 17 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 37.5 percent from the field. The Kings have dropped three of four.

Kings forward Rudy Gay scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting in his worst game since he was acquired in a seven-player trade with Toronto on Dec. 9. He departed with 5:23 left in the third quarter due to right knee stiffness.

Walker had 24 points in his first game with Sacramento, then scored 26 to help the Kings beat Houston 106-91 on Sunday.

The Bobcats jumped on the Kings right from the start. Ben Gordon made a 3-pointer and Sessions had a layup to make it 35-22 after one quarter.

Charlotte carried the 13-point lead into halftime, but the Kings rallied in the third. Cousins and Ben McLemore made two foul shots down the stretch to help Sacramento close to 78-72 headed to the fourth.

Thunder 105, Nuggets 93

Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the visiting Denver Nuggets for their seventh consecutive victory.

Durant had 30 or more points in a game for the 12th time this season, most in the NBA. He is averaging a league-high 28.6 points.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 10 rebounds.


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