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NBA: Bryant leads Lakers to win over Jazz

SILENCED:Bryant scored 40 points and helped win the game in overtime with a three-pointer, while John Lucas III scored 25 points in the Bulls’ third win in as many nights

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, drives to the basket during the first half of their game against the Utah Jazz at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked Al Jefferson’s shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 90-87 victory over Utah on Wednesday.

Paul Millsap’s tip-in tied it at 78-78 with 21 seconds left in regulation, then Bryant missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation for Los Angeles.

Millsap scored the first four points of overtime, but the Lakers fought back, with three-pointers by Bryant and Pau Gasol. The Jazz had a chance to win it, but Bynum blocked Jefferson’s short jumper.

Millsap led Utah with 29 points.

MAVERICKS 90, CELTICS 85

In Boston, Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left in Dallas’ victory over Boston.

Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a three-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85 with 25 seconds to play. Former Celtic Delonte West dribbled the clock down to about 10 seconds before giving it to Nowitzki. The NBA finals most valuable player (MVP) cut to the basket past Garnett and picked up a foul from Brandon Bass while floating the ball into the basket.

Rajon Rondo scored 24 points for Boston and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds.

BULLS 78, WIZARDS 64

In Chicago, John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose as Chicago beat Washington for their third victory in three nights.

Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of MVP Rose, who was out with a sprained toe. Kyle Korver added 14 points, and Luol Deng had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Jordan Crawford had 14 points for Washington.

THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85

In New Orleans, Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s win over New Orleans.

Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first eight minutes to help the Thunder extend a two-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within four early in the fourth, but never threatened after that.

Russell Westbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City.

KNICKS 85, 76ERS 79

In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and nine rebounds as New York won their fourth straight game and snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.

Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks improve to 6-4 — the first time they have been two games over .500 this season.

Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points for the 76ers.

SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95, OT

In San Antonio, Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to lift San Antonio past Houston.

Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard added 11 points.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points for Houston, and Luis Scola had 20. Kevin Martin added 18, and Patrick Patterson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

PACERS 96, HAWKS 84

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump, and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta.

The Pacers improved to 7-3, matching their best start since 2005-2006. Indiana are 4-0 at home for the first time since winning their first seven home games in 2002-2003.

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