Kobe Bryant scored 28 points to move past Elgin Baylor into 20th place on the NBA’s career scoring list as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 111-108 victory on Sunday.
Lamar Odom had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 25 points for the team with the league’s best record.
Ryan Gomes had 20 points and seven rebounds and Craig Smith scored 19 on 9-for-10 shooting for the Timberwolves, who committed 20 turnovers and lost their sixth straight home game.
Bryant’s breakaway layin with 10:42 to play in the third quarter pushed him past the former Lakers great Baylor into third in franchise history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West.
CELTICS 128, SUNS 108
At Phoenix, Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 32 points to go with 10 assists on his 23rd birthday as Boston beat Phoenix without Kevin Garnett.
Ray Allen scored 31 and Paul Pierce 26 in Boston’s first game since Garnett went down with a strained muscle in his right knee that is expected to sidelined him for at least two weeks.
Jason Richardson scored 21 for the Suns.
RAPTORS 111, KNICKS 100
At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani had 28 points and 10 rebounds to help Toronto beat New York two days after absorbing a 30-point loss against the Knicks.
Each of the Toronto starters reached double figures and four of the five had double-doubles. Anthony Parker scored 24 points, Shawn Marion had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Bosh added 11 points and 12 boards. Jose Calderon had 13 points and 11 assists.
Al Harrington scored 31 points and David Lee had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost nine straight games in Toronto.
ROCKETS 99, BOBCATS 78
At Houston, Ron Artest scored 26 points, Yao Ming added 19 points and seven rebounds and Houston beat Charlotte in another win without Tracy McGrady.
Luis Scola had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier sank three 3-pointers for the Rockets, who’ve won four straight games and eight of the last nine McGrady has missed with a sore left knee.
McGrady announced on Wednesday that he’ll have season-ending surgery, but Houston is 15-6 without him this season.
Raymond Felton, Boris Diaw and Emeka Okafor scored 13 points apiece for the Bobcats.
In other NBA games it was:
• Pacers 98, Bulls 91
• Magic 122, Heat 99
• Trail Blazers 116, Clippers 87
• Bucks 120, Nuggets 117
• Cavaliers 99, Pistons 78