Pau Gasol was a winner in his Los Angeles Lakers debut, without much help from Kobe Bryant.
Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets 105-90 on Tuesday night in East Rutherford, N.J., despite a season-low six points from Bryant, his first single-digit effort in more than a year.
Derek Fisher matched a season high with 28 points to lead the Lakers, who improved to 3-1 on their nine-game road trip. Bryant shot 3 of 13 from the floor but had eight assists in his lowest-scoring effort since an eight-point game against Denver on Jan. 5, 2007.
He seemed to work well with Gasol, who was 10 of 15 and showed he may help the Lakers get by just fine until Andrew Bynum returns from his knee injury.
Cavaliers 114, Celtics 113: At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 33 points and barely missed a triple-double as the Cavaliers beat Boston for the second time this season.
James added 12 assists, nine rebounds and five steals to pace the Cavaliers.
Spurs 116, Pacers 89: At Indiana, Tim Duncan dominated the middle and San Antonio’s stingy second-half defense turned a close game into a rout, leading the Spurs to a victory over the Pacers.
Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and backup guard Jacque Vaughn scored 16 points off the bench.
76ers 101, Wizards 96: At Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala scored 20 points and the 76ers stunned Washington with a 17-0 run late in the fourth quarter that lifted Philadelphia to a win.
Rodney Carney’s open dunk off a turnover tied the score at 90 and Iguodala’s layup at the 4 minute mark put the 76ers ahead 92-90. They would never trail again.
Bucks 102, Grizzlies 97: At Memphis, Tenn., Mo Williams scored 32 points and led a fourth quarter rally to help Milwaukee defeat the Grizzlies.
Williams, who was 14 of 22 from the field, scored all 10 Milwaukee points as the Bucks overcame a five-point deficit in the final 2 minutes.
Heat may deal O’Neal
Shaquiile O’Neal is prepared for the Miami Heat to trade him, a confidant of the 14-time All-Star center told the Associated Press.
The Miami Herald reported that the Heat are in “serious and ongoing” trade negotiations with the Phoenix Suns. A Heat spokesman said the team had no comment, and several Suns officials didn’t immediately return phone calls from the AP.
The Herald report said the Suns would send Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to Miami in exchange for O’Neal, who is averaging a career-low 14.2 points and has been sidelined for the past two weeks by a lingering hip injury.
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