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Lakers whip Bucks to end losing streak


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MILWAUKEE  — Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Shannon Brown added 16 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-107 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Los Angeles had started 8-0 before the consecutive losses, but Brown and Bryant sparked the Lakers on both ends of the floor against what had been the stingiest defense in the NBA.
Bryant scored 13 points in the third quarter, including seven straight in a crucial stretch. Brown didn’t skip a beat in the fourth, hitting four 3-pointers that stifled the Bucks’ rally.
Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Bulls 95, Rockets 92
Derrick Rose scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago opened its seven-game road trip by beating Houston.
Rose also had seven assists, and Luol Deng added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight overall and earned their first victory in three road games this season.
Luis Scola scored 27 points and former Bull Brad Miller added 21 for the Rockets, who’ve lost their last four meetings with Chicago after winning 11 of the previous 12.
Nuggets 120, Knicks 118
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and his teammates overcame his emotional blow-up in the closing minutes to lead Denver past New York.
Al Harrington chipped in 22 points against his former team and rookie Gary Forbes scored 19 as Denver bounced back from a fourth-quarter meltdown in Phoenix one night earlier.
Amare Stoudemire led New York with 24 points. Rookie guard Landry Fields had a big game for New York, which lost its sixth straight. (AP)


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