Bryant reigns, but Lak­ers lose at Madi­son Square Gar­den

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NEW YORK: A late three-pointer by Langston Galloway and tough de­fense in the fi­nal min­utes ru­ined what mught have been Kobe Bryant’s fi­nal game at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Galloway nailed the bas­ket with two min­utes re­main­ing for a two-point New York lead as the Knicks held on to beat Bryant’s Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 99-95. For­ward Carmelo An­thony led the Knicks with a game-high 24 points, 11 of them in the fourth quar­ter, and also grabbed eight re­bounds. Jose Calderon added 14 points, cen­ter Robin Lopez had 14 points, 13 re­bounds and four as­sists, and Galloway dropped in 14 points off the bench on 5-for-9 shoot­ing. Draw­ing a roar from the New York crowd on al­most ev­ery shot at­tempt, the 37-year-old Bryant fin­ished with a team-high 18 points. Cen­ter Roy Hib­bert added 18 points and nine re­bounds, sec­ondyear guard Jor­dan Clark­son chipped in with 10 points, and for­ward Julius Ran­dle grabbed 11 re­bounds.

Cava­liers 101, Pac­ers 97

Kevin Love scored 22 points and grabbed 19 re­bounds as the Cleve­land Cava­liers ex­tended their win­ning streak to six games with a 101-97 vic­tory against the In­di­ana Pac­ers. Cavs for­ward LeBron James had 29 points, six re­bounds and four as­sists, while for­ward Tristan Thomp­son had 16 points and eight re­bounds off the bench. Cleve­land has not lost since their first game against Chicago. For­ward Paul Ge­orge scored 32 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds for the Pac­ers, while Monta El­lis scored 25 points and Jor­dan Hill grabbed 11 re­bounds. The Pac­ers had their own three-game win­ning

streak snapped.

Heat 96, Raptors 76

Has­san White­side out­played Toronto’s Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas in a bat­tle of young cen­ters with 20 points, 11 re­bounds and six blocks to lead the Mi­ami Heat to a 96-76 win over the Toronto Raptors. Valan­ci­u­nas had 17 points and five re­bounds, but he was held to just one point in the sec­ond half. The Heat also got con­tri­bu­tions from for­ward Chris Bosh (23 points, eight re­bounds) and shoot­ing guard Dwyane Wade (12 points). Wade passed former Chicago Bulls for­ward Scot­tie Pip­pen for 51st place on the NBA ca­reer scor­ing list.

Thun­der 124, Suns 103

Kevin Du­rant scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shoot­ing to lead Ok­la­homa City to a 124-103 vic­tory over the Phoenix Suns that snapped the Thun­der’s three-game los­ing streak. Du­rant added 11 re­bounds, four as­sists and three steals, and hit six of seven free throws. Thun­der guard Rus­sell West­brook fin­ished with 21 points and 13 as­sists, while Enes Kan­ter and Dion Wait­ers came off the bench to score 21 and 19 points for Ok­la­homa City (4-3).

Pis­tons 120, Trail Blaz­ers 103

Reg­gie Jack­son scored 26 fourth-quar­ter points to lead a fu­ri­ous rally, and the Detroit Pis­tons stormed past the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 120-103 at the Moda Cen­ter. Detroit (5-1) outscored Port­land 41-11 in the fi­nal pe­riod to over­come an 18-point third-quar­ter deficit and start 2-0 on its six-game road trip.—Reuters

NEW YORK: New York Knicks for­ward Carmelo An­thony (7) gets air­borne try­ing to pass be­hind him­self in the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York. The Knicks de­feated the Lak­ers 99-95. —AP

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