Bryant breaks Bobcats hearts
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and led a 17-0 run for the LA Lakers as they rallied to inflict yet another victory on the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter and were 84-72 down before Pau Gasol began the comeback with two free throws with 31.4 seconds left in the third, beginning 17 unanswered points which lifted them to a 101-100 win, their third straight.
For the Bobcats, who were led by Kemba Walker's 28 points, it represented their 12 straight defeat and in agonising fashion as Ben Gordon missed a three-pointer from 26 feet on the buzzer.
Danilo Gallinari poured in 28 points as the Denver Nuggets overcame the stuttering San Antonio Spurs 112-106.
The Spurs, driven by Tim Duncan's 31 points and 18 rebounds, surged back to within three at 105-102 late in the fourth quarter but could not finish off the rally, losing their fourth game in five.
Kenneth Faried added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Joakim Noah's second career triple-double helped the Chicago Bulls to a 100-89 win over the Boston Celtics.
Noah scored 11 points to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer each scored 21 points.
Jordan Crawford also had a triple-double but it was not enough to prevent the Washington Wizards slipping to a 100-95 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Crawford added 11 points and 11 assists to his 27 points, but the Hawks, led by 24 points from Lou Williams, pulled away in OT.
The Toronto Raptors claimed their first road win in 12 as Jose Calderon's 23 points lifted them to a 113-99 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dwayne Wade scored 24 points while LeBron James had 22 points and 11 assists in the Miami Heat's 103-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
OJ Mayo scored 26 points to see the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Utah Jazz edged out the Brooklyn Nets 92-90, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 98-93 and the Golden State Warriors were 103-96 victors over the New Orleans Hornets.