Los Angeles loses Odom, holds off Rockets
Kobe Bryant had 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the loss of Lamar Odom to beat the Houston Rockets 102-94 Tuesday in Houston.
Luke Walton added 18 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who snapped Houston’s six-game home winning streak.
The Rockets played without Tracy McGrady, who is out indefinitely with back spasms.
Houston nearly staged a miraculous comeback in the fourth quarter – outscoring the Lakers 24-1 to cut a 25-point lead to two points.
Odom sprained his right knee in the first quarter and Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he might be out for more than a month.
Warriors 126, Kings 113: At Oakland, Calif., Matt Barnes set career highs with 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Andris Biedrins added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Golden State to a victory over Sacramento.
Kevin Martin scored 32 to lead the Kings.
Nuggets 100, Hawks 87: At Atlanta, Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Earl Boykins added 19 and Denver beat the Hawks.
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The NBA will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1. … Dwyane Wade had two wisdom teeth removed and the Miami Heat’s star guard will miss tonight’s game against Phoenix.