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Howard to Lakers: Cork frustration

Kobe Bryant is angry, coach Mike Brown is frustrated, but Dwight Howard believes the Lakers just need to check themselves.

Bryant led all scorers with 29 points and Howard had 19 with nine rebounds, but the host Jazz forced 19 turnovers to drop the Lakers to 1-4 with a 95-86 victory late Wednesday.

Bryant started exiting the court with about five seconds left and was testy afterward, saying he played angry.

"Just a little bit," he told the Los Angeles Times.

Why? he was asked.

"Nothing I care to share," he replied.

"We're all frustrated," Brown said.

Then new-guy Howard suggested to that Bryant might want to be less visible in his disgust.

"A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe, and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won't get down on themselves," Howard said.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 in the fourth quarter and the Thunder beat the Bulls for the third time in its last four games at Chicago, 97-91.

Spurs suffer first loss: Led by DeAndre Jordan's 20 points and Blake Griffin's 22 with 10 rebounds, the host Clippers rolled to a 106-84 victory late Wednesday to hand the Spurs (4-1) their first loss of the season. The Clippers controlled the boards 46-29.

"We still remember what they did to us a couple months ago," Jordan said about the team that swept the Clippers out of the second round of the playoffs. "That was extra motivation."

Around the league: The league suspended Kings forward Thomas Robinson for two games, starting tonight, for elbowing Detroit's Jonas Jerebko in the neck Wednesday. … Warriors center Andrew Bogut will be out seven to 10 days to rest and strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle. … Mehmet Okur, who played 10 seasons and won an NBA title with the Pistons in 2004, announced his retirement at age 33 because of injuries.

Thunder 97, Bulls 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (97): Durant 11-19 2-2 24, Ibaka 8-15 4-4 21, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Westbrook 7-22 1-1 16, Sefolosha 3-6 0-0 7, Martin 3-5 8-9 15, Collison 2-2 0-0 4, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Maynor 2-4 5-5 10. Totals 36-73 20-21 97.

CHICAGO (91): Deng 11-21 2-2 27, Boozer 3-9 3-4 9, Noah 4-9 1-2 9, Hinrich 5-12 0-0 12, Hamilton 7-14 6-6 20, Gibson 2-5 0-0 4, Belinelli 0-0 2-2 2, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0, Robinson 1-6 0-0 2, Butler 2-5 2-2 6, Radmanovic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-84 16-18 91.

Oklahoma City 24 24 18 31— 97

Chicago 24 23 25 19— 91

3-Point GoalsOkl City 5-13 (Martin 1-1, Maynor 1-1, Ibaka 1-1, Sefolosha 1-1, Westbrook 1-7, Durant 0-2), Chi 5-15 (Deng 3-6, Hinrich 2-5, Butler 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Hamilton 0-1, Radmanovic 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOkl City 42 (Ibaka 9), Chi 47 (Noah 13). AssistsOkl City 23 (Westbrook 12), Chi 22 (Noah 6). Total FoulsOkl City 19, Chi 19. A21,737.

Howard to Lakers: Cork frustration 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:53pm]
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