Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant each scored 23 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their fifth straight victory, 122-93, against the Atlanta Hawks.

Lamar Odom chipped in 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won eight of their last 10 games.

It had been 20 days and nine contests between home games for Los Angeles, which obtained Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies during the trip on February 5. The trade has already paid dividends with the Lakers improving to 6-1 overall since acquiring their new center.

Rafer Alston scored 22 points and Yao Ming added 16 as the Houston Rockets posted a 93-85 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James picked up his fifth triple-double of the season with 26 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds but it was not enough to deny the Rockets.

Houston have now won nine straight overall and tied the franchise record with their ninth straight victory on the road .

Ron Artest scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Sacramento Kings held off a rally from the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-94 victory.

It was Sacramento's first game since dealing long-time guard Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday for Anthony Johnson, Shelden Williams, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright and a second-round pick in 2008.

The San Antonio Spurs used a strong start to the fourth quarter to put away the Charlotte Bobcats 85-65 at the AT&T Center.

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