Lakers 103, Hornets 87
Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and visiting Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid with a victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.
Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.
Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers.
Knicks 100, Bobcats 98
With Carmelo Anthony nursing a sore finger, the Knicks turned to J.R. Smith for the last shot and he delivered.
Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give visiting New York a victory over Charlotte.
Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, but went cold in the second half and wasn’t on the floor for the final 2:10 after injuring his right hand diving into the Knicks’ bench for a loose ball.
Spurs 110, Bucks 99
Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and host San Antonio had a season-high 53 rebounds in a victory over Milwaukee.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (15-4).
Pacers 99, Trail Blazers 92
Paul George scored 22 points to help host Indiana beat Portland.
George Hill added 18 points and David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9), who have won four of five and moved above .500 for the first time since a 2-1 start. Indiana held the Blazers to 43 percent shooting.
Damian Lillard led Portland (8-11) with 23 points. J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Celtics 104, Timberwolves 94
Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as host Boston beat Minnesota in Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension.
The Celtics improved to 10-0 since they acquired Garnett from the Timberwolves during the summer of 2007.
Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce scored 18, Jason Terry 17 and Brandon Bass 12.
Warriors 104, Pistons 97
Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and Golden State pulled away to beat host Detroit.
The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit’s five-game winning streak at home.
Hawks 108, Nuggets 104
Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended host Atlanta’s lead and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.
Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Jazz 87, Magic 81
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead host Utah to a victory over Orlando.
Jefferson got hurt while corralling his final rebound. He went down clutching his back with 1:29 left and had to be helped off the court in obvious pain.
Team officials said he had back spasms.