Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the host Brooklyn Nets despite missing Dwight Howard (injury) and Metta World Peace (suspension) and then losing Pau Gasol to an injury late in the game.
NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant would have liked to celebrate more, maybe gloat about a highlight-reel dunk, but there were bigger concerns.
Center Dwight Howard couldn’t play and forward-center Pau Gasol couldn’t finish. And in this difficult season for the Los Angeles Lakers, even the victories seem to come with losses.
“It feels good to pull out a win like this, but now reality kind of sets in,” Bryant said. “If Pau can’t go and Dwight can’t go, we have to figure some things out.”
Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers overcame the absences of Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Gasol to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 Tuesday night.
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Antawn Jamison, starting for suspended forward World Peace, made the go-ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games.
Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol, his replacement, said he felt a pop in his right foot when he went down with a little more than four minutes remaining. Gasol was diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia, and will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday in Boston.
Brook Lopez capitalized on the Lakers’ center woes to finish with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but he was virtually the Nets’ only offense down the stretch in their fourth loss in six games.
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The Warriors committed intentional fouls to prevent the Rockets from surpassing the record. “If you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop it,” coach Mark Jackson said.
Jeremy Lin had 28 points, including a career-high five three-pointers, as the Rockets reached a season-high point total.
Orlando made 23 three-pointers in a 139-107 victory over Sacramento in 2009.
• Paul George scored 29 points as Indiana beat Atlanta 114-103 for its 15th home victory in a row. The Pacers have won four straight overall.
• Goran Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Phoenix to a 96-90 victory over host Memphis.
Dragic had two points on 1-for-6 shooting through three quarters; he was 5 of 6 in the fourth.
• Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari each scored 22 points to lead Denver to a 112-104 victory over visiting Milwaukee. The Nuggets outscored the Bucks 33-18 in the fourth quarter.
Samuel Dalembert led the Bucks with 35 points — on 17-for-21 shooting — and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes.