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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant scored 34 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-98 NBA win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Metta World Peace also added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month with the away victory.

The Lakers (11-14), who beat Washington 102-96 on Friday night, won two straight for the first time since a three-game streak in late November.

Even without injured stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers hardly resembled the team which entered the night four games below .500.

Nick Young paced the reeling Sixers (12-12) with 30 points, while Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner added 16 apiece. Thaddeus Young had 14 points for Philadelphia, who dropped a third straight game for the first time this season.

In Toronto, Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds as the Raptors beat Houston 103-96.

The result gave Toronto consecutive wins for the first time in eight months.

Alan Anderson had 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 19 for the Raptors (6-19), who hadn't won consecutive games since April 13 and 15 of last season.

James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets and Marcus Morris added 19.

Former Raptors sharp-shooter Carlos Delfino drained two baskets in the final 1:04 to pull the Rockets within two points, but Calderon sunk two free throws to put Toronto back up by four.

The teams traded free throws for most of the final minute.

Denver were too strong for Sacramento with JaVale McGee scoring 19 points as the Nuggets downed the Kings 122-97.

The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to snap a first-quarter tie and take control.

Denver have won seven in a row against the Kings. Sacramento have lost four straight overall.

Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.

Sacramento's Aaron Brooks committed a hard foul against Andre Miller late in the first quarter and a mild altercation ensued involving Cousins and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets. All four players were given technical fouls.





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