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Hornets stun Cavs with second-half rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeremy Lin had 24 points and the Hornets rallied in the second half to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers 106-97 Wednesday night.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 points and 13 rebounds and three other players scored in double figures for Charlotte, which overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to snap a four-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Marvin Williams added 16 points, Frank Kaminski had 15 off the bench and Nicholas Batum scored 10 for the Hornets, who trailed 58-49 at halftime. Playing without ailing point guard Kemba Walker, the Hornets outscored the Cavs 33-17 in the third quarter to take an 82-75 lead and led by as many as 15 points late in the fourth.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and LeBron James 23 for the Cavaliers, who had won five straight. J.R. Smith scored 14 and Kevin Love 12.

Irving gave the Cavaliers their final lead, hitting a layup with 6:36 left in the third quarter that put Cleveland up 69-67. Lin followed with a three-point play 28 seconds later to put the Hornets ahead to stay.

Charlotte's biggest lead came with less than five minutes left, when Kidd-Gilchrist hit a jumper to put the Hornets up 98-83. The Cavaliers got no closer than six the rest of the way.

There were nine lead changes and 11 ties in a back-and-forth first half before a late run put the Cavaliers in front by nine.

Charlotte took its biggest lead of the first half late in the second quarter, going up 47-43 on Kaminsky's layup with 4:23 left. But the Cavaliers closed the quarter with a 15-2 spurt.

Cleveland opened the run with Tristan Thompson's tip-in with 4:07 left, took the lead at 50-48 on James' jumper with 1:35 left and capped it with Smith's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: C.J. Miles had 27 points, Paul George scored 17 and the visiting Pacers sent the Nets to their fifth straight loss, 114-100. George Hill added 13 for Indiana. … Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mike Scott led a balanced attack with 13 points each, and the visiting Hawks coasted to a 124-86 victory over the 76ers. All 13 players scored and eight finished in double figures for Atlanta, which swept the three-game season series with an average winning margin of 29 points. The Hawks have won two straight after snapping their three-game losing streak. … Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help the host Celtics hold off the Pistons 102-95.

LATE TUESDAY: Kobe Bryant has lifted the Lakers onto his shoulders countless times over the past two decades, and he rarely flinches under the weight.

Even during a demoralizing losing streak in his farewell season, the 37-year-old former superstar summoned his skills to carry the team one more time.

"You've seen it for 20 (darned) years," Bryant said with a shrug. "What do you expect?"

Bryant hit seven 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 38, and Los Angeles snapped its 10-game skid with a 119-115 victory over the Timberwolves.

With Bryant scoring 14 of their 18 in the final 5:02, the 16-time NBA champions avoided the longest losing streak in franchise history despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half. The Lakers had lost 10 straight for the first time since 1994, and Bryant's vintage performance made sure the record stayed shared.

"You lose 10 straight, that's enough (embarrassment) as it is," Bryant said. "You still don't want to be the team that's one away" from the record.

Bryant hit repeatedly from the perimeter in the Lakers' first win since Jan. 12, evoking memories of the best years for the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

HOUSTON KEEPING HOWARD: The Rockets intend to hang on to center Dwight Howard, 30, for the rest of the season, even though the former Magic star could become a free agent after the season, espn.com reported. Howard has been a popular subject with the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaching. But Houston remains hopeful of retaining the veteran and pursuing Thunder star forward Kevin Durant in the offseason, according to espn.com.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic remained hospitalized after surgery to repair a hematoma that developed on the heels of an appendectomy. There is no timetable for his return. … Mavericks point guard Deron Williams sat out two days after injuring his right hip in a game at Atlanta.

Hornets 106, Cavaliers 97

CLEVELAND (97): James 10-21 3-5 23, Love 4-12 2-2 12, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Irving 10-17 5-5 26, Smith 5-14 0-0 14, Mozgov 2-2 0-0 4, M. Williams 2-7 0-0 5, Shumpert 1-4 1-2 4, R.Jefferson 1-1 0-0 3, Varejao 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-83 11-14 97.

CHARLOTTE (106): Kidd-Gilchrist 5-14 1-2 11, Ma.Williams 5-7 3-3 16, Zeller 3-7 0-0 6, Lin 7-13 8-11 24, Batum 3-8 3-3 10, Lamb 3-10 0-0 7, Kaminsky 7-8 0-0 15, Roberts 2-4 4-4 8, Hairston 1-3 0-0 3, Hawes 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 39-79 19-23 106.

Cleveland 23 35 17 22— 97

Charlotte 23 26 33 24— 106

3-Point GoalsCleveland 10-28 (Smith 4-9, Love 2-7, R.Jefferson 1-1, M. Williams 1-2, Shumpert 1-2, Irving 1-4, James 0-3), Charlotte 9-27 (Ma.Williams 3-5, Lin 2-4, Kaminsky 1-2, Lamb 1-3, Hairston 1-3, Batum 1-6, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Hawes 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 36 (Love 12), Charlotte 56 (Kidd-Gilchrist 13). AssistsCleveland 16 (James 6), Charlotte 26 (Lin 8). Total FoulsCleveland 19, Charlotte 14. TechnicalsSmith, Hawes. A19,189 (19,077).

Hawks 124, 76ers 86

ATLANTA (124): Bazemore 4-7 2-2 12, Millsap 3-11 3-4 10, Horford 3-4 1-2 7, Teague 4-12 0-0 10, Korver 2-3 0-0 5, Muscala 4-5 4-7 12, Sefolosha 5-7 1-2 12, Schroder 4-10 4-5 12, Hardaway Jr. 5-8 2-2 13, Scott 6-10 0-0 13, Patterson 2-4 0-0 5, Mack 4-8 1-1 9, Tavares 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 48-92 18-25 124.

PHILADELPHIA (86): Covington 3-9 0-1 6, Noel 5-5 0-1 10, Okafor 5-10 0-0 10, Smith 3-9 1-2 7, Stauskas 5-7 5-5 17, Grant 0-4 0-0 0, Canaan 4-10 0-0 11, Thompson 2-7 2-2 7, McConnell 1-5 0-0 2, Landry 3-7 0-0 6, Marshall 0-3 0-0 0, Sampson 2-4 1-1 5, Holmes 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 35-84 10-14 86.

Atlanta 27 31 30 36— 124

Philadelphia 17 25 20 24— 86

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 10-20 (Teague 2-4, Bazemore 2-4, Sefolosha 1-1, Scott 1-1, Patterson 1-2, Millsap 1-2, Korver 1-2, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Mack 0-1), Philadelphia 6-27 (Canaan 3-6, Stauskas 2-3, Thompson 1-4, Landry 0-1, McConnell 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Sampson 0-1, Smith 0-2, Marshall 0-2, Grant 0-2, Covington 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 61 (Scott 9), Philadelphia 43 (Noel 7). AssistsAtlanta 28 (Hardaway Jr., Horford 4), Philadelphia 27 (Smith 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 12, Philadelphia 20. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second. A10,429 (20,318).

Pacers 114, Nets 100

INDIANA (114): George 6-18 3-4 17, J.Hill 3-3 0-0 6, Turner 4-11 1-2 9, G.Hill 4-8 3-3 13, Ellis 5-7 0-0 11, J.Young 3-6 0-0 8, Allen 6-12 0-1 12, Miles 10-15 3-3 27, S.Hill 2-4 2-2 7, Robinson III 1-3 2-2 4, Whittington 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 44-88 14-17 114.

BROOKLYN (100): Johnson 7-12 2-2 20, T.Young 6-12 4-6 16, Lopez 6-13 9-14 21, Sloan 4-12 3-4 11, Ellington 6-12 2-2 16, Bargnani 1-2 0-0 2, Larkin 1-4 1-2 3, Bogdanovic 3-9 0-1 7, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Robinson 1-3 0-0 2, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 21-31 100.

Indiana 26 36 25 27— 114

Brooklyn 23 20 34 23— 100

3-Point GoalsIndiana 12-24 (Miles 4-7, G.Hill 2-2, George 2-4, J.Young 2-5, S.Hill 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Robinson III 0-1), Brooklyn 7-23 (Johnson 4-5, Ellington 2-8, Bogdanovic 1-3, Lopez 0-1, Larkin 0-1, Brown 0-1, Sloan 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 48 (Allen 8), Brooklyn 55 (T.Young 14). AssistsIndiana 23 (George 6), Brooklyn 25 (Johnson 9). Total FoulsIndiana 20, Brooklyn 20. TechnicalsBrooklyn defensive three second. A13,311 (17,732).

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