AROUND THE NBA | Wednesday's other games

Lakers 113, Nuggets 102
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant scored an NBA season-high 51 points -- in less than three quarters -- as Los Angeles beat Denver to extend its winning streak to seven games. Bryant was 15-for-28 from the field and 18-of-20 on free throws to score 40 or more points for the 11th time this season. He reached 50 points for the third time in his career and finished five short of his career high despite sitting out the final 13 minutes.
Wizards 108, Clippers 104
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jordan had 23 points and 12 assists before fouling out for the first time since the 1991-92 season as Washington defeated Los Angeles. Tyronn Lue added a season-high 21 points, and Christian Laettner had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who snapped a five-game road losing streak.
Bucks 120, Mavericks 114
MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored 28 points, and Tim Thomas had a season-high 27 as Milwaukee sent Dallas to its third consecutive loss. With the shot clock winding down, Sam Cassell hit a 15-footer over Nick Van Exel to give the Bucks a 117-114 lead with 25 seconds left. Steve Nash missed a 3-pointer, and Michael Finley grabbed the long rebound and shot another 3, but missed. Cassell added a free throw, and Thomas scored on a dunk to seal it for the Bucks, who swept the two-game season series from Dallas.
Rockets 106, Jazz 76
SALT LAKE CITY -- Steve Francis scored 36 points, and Yao Ming had 11 of his 15 in the second half as Houston avenged an overtime loss to Utah 24 hours earlier. James Posey and Maurice Taylor added 13 points each for the Rockets, who snapped a three-game skid. The Rockets shot 40-for-76 from the floor (52.6 percent) and forced 19 turnovers.
Pacers 83, Hornets 72
NEW ORLEANS -- Brad Miller scored 18 points, and Reggie Miller added 17 as Indiana snapped New Orleans' three-game winning streak. Jermaine O'Neal scored 14 points for the Pacers and grabbed nine rebounds despite missing most of the first quarter after turning his left ankle.
Grizzlies 97, Nets 90
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Earl Watson, forced into a starting role because of injuries, scored a career-high 21 points and handed out six assists to lead Memphis over New Jersey. The Grizzlies snapped a seven-game losing streak, while the Nets dropped their second road game in as many nights.
Raptors 97, Hawks 96
TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 13 of his 21 points in the final five minutes as the Raptors won their fourth straight. Antonio Davis added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won five of six since Carter returned to the lineup after missing 23 straight games with a strained right knee.
76ers 119, Bulls 111, OT
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored four of his 36 points in overtime, and Philadelphia withstood a scare from the NBA's worst road team. The Sixers had an 11-point lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, but Jalen Rose's leaning 18-footer with 7.6 seconds left in regulation tied it at 109 to cap Chicago's comeback. Rose finished with season highs of 38 points and 13 assists.
Warriors 113, Knicks 107
NEW YORK -- Troy Murphy hit an 18-foot jumper with 1:11 left to stop a late New York rally as Golden State won on the road for the second straight night. Murphy had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Gilbert Arenas added 25 points, Jason Richardson had 18 and Antawn Jamison scored 17 for the Warriors, who shot a season-high 58.9 percent from the field one night after winning in Atlanta.
-- Associated Press

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