Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The fourth time was the charm for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant netted 21 points and hit a pair of free throws to give the Lakers the lead with 37.1 seconds remaining in an 88-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night. It was the first time in four tries that Los Angeles won this season with Bryant in the lineup since he returned from his Achilles injury. The Lakers trailed 85-79 with 2:50 left after Kemba Walker nailed a jumper, but Los Angeles closed the contest on a 9-0 run. Following Walker's make, Nick Young hit a triple and Bryant drove in for a layup with 1:22 to go to cut the gap to one. After Bryant made his foul shots, Gerald Henderson was unable to get his right baseline jumper to drop. Al Jefferson secured the offensive rebound, but missed a short jumper following a timeout. Pau Gasol nailed two free throws with 6.2 ticks on the clock and Ben Gordon's desperation 3-pointer from the right wing came up short to seal the outcome.
Final Score: LA Clippers 113, Washington 97
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul poured in 38 points on an efficient 11-of-14 shooting with 12 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up their seven-game road trip with a 113-97 thrashing of the Washington Wizards. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points while Blake Griffin and Jared Dudley each contributed 16 points for the Clippers, who finished the road trip 4-3. DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 10 rebounds as every Los Angeles starter scored in double figures. John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points and 12 assists, while Kevin Seraphin chipped in 16 points off the bench. Martell Webster and Trevor Booker each netted 12 points in Washington's fourth straight defeat.
Final Score: Miami 114, Cleveland 107
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami's big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 71 points and the Heat used a big run down the stretch to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 114-107, Saturday night. James had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against his former team. Wade totaled 24 points, while Bosh chipped in with 22 and 12 rebounds. Miami, which has won eight straight and 12 of the last 13 against the Cavs, also received 12 points form Ray Allen and 11 from Mario Chalmers. The Cavaliers, who had a season-high three-game winning streak broken, were up 100-98 following a layup from Dion Waiters and a free throw from Anderson Varejao. The Heat, though, responded with 11 of the game's next 12 points. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 19 points.
Final Score: New York 111, Atlanta 106
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 points and Andrea Bargnani added 23 as the New York Knicks came through with a sorely needed 111-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. New York entered Saturday's play 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 6-16 record, but shot a solid 50.6 percent from the floor and forced 27 Atlanta turnovers to prevail. Bargnani hit on 11-of-16 field goal attempts, with Anthony going 13-of-22. The Hawks were dealt a fourth straight road loss despite a 27-point effort off the bench from Lou Williams. Paul Millsap added 18 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, with Al Horford finishing with 17 points.
Final Score: Toronto 99, Chicago 77
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors used a balanced effort to send the Chicago Bulls to their fourth loss in five games with a 99-77 win from United Center. Kyle Lowry paced five Raptors in double figures with 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas netted 15 points with 11 rebounds and four blocks for Toronto, winners in two straight. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson scored 15 and 14, respectively, while newcomer Patrick Patterson added 12 points. The Raptors are 3-1 since trading Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Luol Deng contributed 17 points in the losing effort and Mike Dunleavy added 14 points, shooting 1-for-6 from beyond the arc. Joakim Noah registered a double-double for the Bulls with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Portland 139, Philadelphia 105
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers nailed a team-record 21 3-pointers in their 139-105 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Portland, which finished 21-of-37 from beyond the arc. Former Sixer Dorell Wright knocked down all five of his attempts from deep in the triumph. Tony Wroten had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped six in a row and 10 of their last 11.
Final Score: Dallas 106, Milwaukee 93
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandan Wright scored 19 points in his season debut and Jose Calderon added 18 as the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks pounded the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-93, at American Airlines Center. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and star forward Dirk Nowitzki missed Saturday game due to unspecified illnesses. Wright, who had been out recovering from a fractured left shoulder, made 9-of-10 shots and had six rebounds in a reserve role. Shawn Marion tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds and Vince Carter notched 15 points and a season-best nine assists for the Mavs, who have won four of their last six games. DeJuan Blair chipped in 11 points and nine boards. John Henson recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost three in a row. Brandon Knight had 16 points for Milwaukee, which trailed by as many as 34 points.