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Lakers revival gathers pace

Mike D'Antoni tasted victory again as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Houston Rockets 119-108 for their fourth win in five games.

The recently-appointed coach watched once again from the locker room as he continues his recovery from knee replacement surgery, and he saw Kobe Bryant amass 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double.

Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Pau Gasol's 17 included his 15,000th career point.

D'Antoni is expected to be fit to coach the Lakers next game in person.

While Bryant may have done it many times before, the triple-double that Kevin Durant collected was his career first.

His 25 points, 13 rebounds and career-high 10 assists came in a 119-109 win for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Golden State Warriors.

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 30 points while Kevin Martin had 23.

The young Portland Trail Blazers have found their rhythm as they topped the Chicago Bulls 102-94 for their third straight win.

Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points each.

The New York Knicks got over their first loss of the season by beating the Indiana Pacers 88-76 behind 26 points from Carmelo Anthony.

Andray Blatche came off the bench to score 22 points for the Brooklyn Nets in a 99-90 win over the Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn's fifth in a row.

In Auburn Hills, the Detroit Pistons finally registered their first home win of the season as they beat the Boston Celtics 103-83 behind 20 points and 13 rebounds from Greg Monroe.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic, while Evan Turner's 19 helped Philadelphia to an 86-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.