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NBA: Lakers beat Raptors after Gasol trade

DEBUT At Philadelphia, Hedo Turkoglu scored two free throws to usher in a third straight Magic victory, while at Indianapolis, Yao Ming added 17 points to a Houston win


The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant controls the ball as he tries to drive past the Toronto Raptors' Anthony Parker in the first half of their NBA game in Toronto, Canada, on Friday.


Kobe Bryant scored 46 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 121-101 in the NBA on Friday hours after acquiring Pau Gasol in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers gave up Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton and two first-round draft picks to get Gasol, who will play center until Andrew Bynum (left knee) is ready to return. Gasol could make his Lakers debut on Sunday against Washington.

Bryant had the crowd gasping with several dunks, including one over Toronto's Carlos Delfino in the second quarter and a one-handed jam in the fourth.

Andrea Bargnani had a season-high 28 to lead Toronto in scoring for the second straight game.

Magic 108, 76ers 106

At Philadelphia, Hedo Turkoglu hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining and finished with 23 points, and Orlando won its third straight game.

Rashard Lewis added 18 points and Dwight Howard had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who earned their NBA-best 18th road win while recording their fourth consecutive victory in Philadelphia.

Andre Miller had 23 points and 11 assists, and Lou Williams added 20 points for the Sixers.

Timberwolves 104, Clippers 83

At Minneapolis, Al Jefferson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in three quarters and Craig Smith added 21 points to lead Minnesota, Sam Cassell led Los Angeles with 17.

Nets 94, Heat 85

At Miami, Richard Jefferson scored 25 points, Josh Boone added 15 and New Jersey snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

Vince Carter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Jason Kidd finished with 11 points and 12 assists for the Nets.

Dwyane Wade, who returned after missing Wednesday's loss at Orlando with the flu, finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Miami.

Rockets 106, Pacers 103

At Indianapolis, rookie Carl Landry scored 13 of his career-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Houston won its sixth straight road victory.

Tracy McGrady had 19 points and Yao Ming added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Danny Granger finished with 22 points for the Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight game.

Jazz 96, Wizards 87

At Washington, Mehmet Okur scored 27 points, 19 in the second half, and had 11 rebounds, and Utah won its seventh straight game.

Deron Williams picked up his sixth straight double-double for the Jazz with 11 points and 12 assists.

Washington's Antawn Jamison scored 31 points in his first game since being named to the All-Star team.

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