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NBA: Depleted Pistons fail to fire as Lakers finally win in Detroit

AP AND AFP , AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN

Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem slam dunks above Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago on Thursday.

PHOTO: AP

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 92-77 triumph over Detroit on Thursday, the Lakers’ first win on the Pistons’ home floor after a run of nine defeats.

“It feels good to finally walk out of here with a win,” said Bryant, whose Lakers seized control with a 30-5 scoring run to close the third quarter.

The depleted Pistons, who were again without injured Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace, missed 13 consecutive shots and didn’t score for the last 6 minutes, 42 seconds of the quarter.

Los Angeles, who top the Western Conference, notched their fourth straight victory as they continued their bid to finish the season with the best record in the league to insure home court advantage through the playoffs.

The Pistons, in contrast, are battling to reach the post-season.

BULLS 106, HEAT 87

In Chicago, John Salmons scored 27 points as Chicago beat Miami for their sixth win in seven games and moved into a seventh-place tie with Detroit in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 32-14. Salmons scored 13 points in the period as the Bulls turned a two-point deficit into a 79-63 lead and sent the Heat to their fifth loss in seven games.

Miami star Dwyane Wade scored 31 points after hitting just five of 24 shots the previous night in a loss at Indiana.

TRAIL BLAZERS 129, SUNS 109

In Portland, Oregon, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds to help Portland end Phoenix’s winning streak at six.

Brandon Roy added 26 points and nine rebounds for Portland.

Shaquille O’Neal led the Suns with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Phoenix, making a late push for the playoffs, are ninth in the Western Conference — three-and-a-half games behind Dallas.

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