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Lakers focus, end struggles on road

WASHINGTON — The Lakers broke out of their road funk by showing the distracted Wizards what hustling, focused, never-let-up basketball is all about, shooting 59 percent and forcing six turnovers during a crucial second-quarter run in a 115-103 win Tuesday night.

Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant scored 26 apiece for the Lakers, who had lost six of their previous eight road games and pulled to a 2-2 record midway through this eight-game swing.

Lamar Odom said before the game that the reigning NBA champs had become "a little too overconfident," but it didn't show as he and teammates chased down loose balls and kept their hands all over the passing lanes.

"Offensive rebounds, getting loose balls, turning teams over," Bryant said. "Especially when you play on the road, that's some of things you need to have happen."

Antawn Jamison scored 27 to lead the Wizards, who have lost the past four games of a six-game homestand. The game came a day after guard Javaris Crittenton received probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge, the latest fallout from last month's locker-room confrontation between Crittenton and Gilbert Arenas.

Coach Flip Saunders said before the game that the Wizards are "all pretty much numb to the whole thing right now."

Game highlights: Former Florida standout David Lee had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Knicks to a 132-105 win over the Timberwolves. Al Harrington scored 26 and Wilson Chandler had 20 despite a strained left groin for the Knicks, who led by as many as 36. Corey Brewer, another former Florida star, made 9 of 10 shots and scored 22 for the Timberwolves. … Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 and Jason Terry added 21 as the host Mavericks held on late to beat the Bucks 108-107. … Stephen Jackson scored 30 and the Bobcats scored nine of the first 11 in overtime to beat the Suns 114-109 for their first victory in Phoenix in their six seasons in the league.

Around the league: Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was fined $35,000 for being ejected against the Bobcats on Monday. Martin argued with officials over a foul call against teammate J.R. Smith during a 104-93 win. … Suns guard Leandro Barbosa had surgery to remove a ganglion cyst in his right wrist and is expected to be out as long as six weeks. … Celtics backup forward Brian Scalabrine was cleared to play after missing two games with a separated right shoulder. He should be ready to face the host Magic on Thursday. … The Hornets will not have to pay the league's luxury tax after dealing reserve guard Bobby Brown to the Clippers for a conditional 2014 second-round draft pick.

Lakers 115, Wizards 103

L.A. LAKERS (115): Artest 2-6 0-0 5, Gasol 10-15 6-7 26, Bynum 4-5 4-6 12, Fisher 3-6 0-0 8, Bryant 8-15 8-9 26, Brown 5-11 0-0 11, Odom 7-10 0-0 15, Farmar 3-5 0-0 7, Vujacic 2-2 0-0 5, Walton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-75 18-22 115.

WASHINGTON (103): Butler 7-12 3-3 18, Jamison 11-22 3-4 27, Haywood 4-6 3-5 11, Foye 5-11 0-0 11, Miller 7-12 0-0 15, Stevenson 3-6 0-0 8, Boykins 1-6 0-0 2, Blatche 5-8 0-0 10, James 0-0 1-2 1, McGuire 0-1 0-0 0, McGee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-84 10-14 103.

L.A. Lakers 30 30 27 28— 115

Washington 29 15 28 31— 103

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 9-22 (Fisher 2-4, Bryant 2-7, Vujacic 1-1, Farmar 1-2, Artest 1-2, Odom 1-3, Brown 1-3), Washington 7-20 (Jamison 2-4, Stevenson 2-5, Butler 1-3, Foye 1-4, Miller 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 35 (Gasol 10), Washington 45 (Jamison 9). AssistsL.A. Lakers 23 (Bryant 8), Washington 19 (Boykins, Miller, Foye 4). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 13, Washington 20. TechnicalsGasol, Blatche. A20,173 (20,173).

Knicks 132, Timberwolves 105

MINNESOTA (105): Wilkins 1-4 0-0 2, Gomes 4-9 3-3 13, Jefferson 2-8 0-1 4, Flynn 3-11 0-0 6, Brewer 9-10 0-0 22, Ellington 3-6 0-0 8, Pavlovic 6-11 3-5 16, Hollins 1-3 4-8 6, Love 3-8 0-0 6, Sessions 7-13 6-6 20, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-85 16-23 105.

NEW YORK (132): Gallinari 4-10 1-2 12, Chandler 7-15 6-8 20, Lee 12-17 4-4 28, Duhon 0-3 0-0 0, Jeffries 4-5 0-0 8, Harrington 8-18 6-6 26, Robinson 4-7 2-3 13, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Douglas 3-4 0-0 9, Bender 4-10 2-2 14, Landry 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 47-93 21-25 132.

Minnesota 16 29 19 41— 105

New York 40 28 28 36— 132

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 9-17 (Brewer 4-5, Ellington 2-2, Gomes 2-3, Pavlovic 1-4, Love 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Wilkins 0-1), New York 17-40 (Bender 4-7, Harrington 4-10, Douglas 3-4, Robinson 3-5, Gallinari 3-7, Chandler 0-2, Landry 0-2, Duhon 0-3). Fouled OutPavlovic. ReboundsMinnesota 50 (Jefferson 10), New York 52 (Harrington, Lee 10). AssistsMinnesota 19 (Flynn 4), New York 32 (Duhon 13). Total FoulsMinnesota 21, New York 20. A18,111 (19,763).

Mavericks 108, Bucks 107

MILWAUKEE (107): Delfino 8-12 2-2 22, Mbah a Moute 1-5 1-2 3, Bogut 13-14 6-8 32, Jennings 5-16 1-1 12, Bell 1-4 0-0 3, Stackhouse 3-6 2-2 9, Ilyasova 3-4 4-5 11, Ridnour 4-11 2-2 11, K.Thomas 2-2 0-0 4, Meeks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-75 18-22 107.

DALLAS (108): Marion 5-8 2-2 12, Nowitzki 11-25 6-6 28, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Kidd 4-8 0-0 11, Terry 8-15 1-2 21, Howard 4-7 5-5 13, Barea 3-4 0-0 7, Gooden 2-4 2-2 6, Beaubois 3-6 0-0 8, Ross 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-80 16-17 108.

Milwaukee 27 26 24 30— 107

Dallas 28 31 24 25— 108

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 9-18 (Delfino 4-5, Ridnour 1-1, Ilyasova 1-2, Stackhouse 1-2, Jennings 1-3, Bell 1-4, Meeks 0-1), Dallas 10-18 (Terry 4-6, Kidd 3-6, Beaubois 2-2, Barea 1-2, Ross 0-1, Gooden 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 37 (Bogut 9), Dallas 42 (Dampier 11). AssistsMilwaukee 20 (Jennings 7), Dallas 31 (Kidd 12). Total FoulsMilwaukee 14, Dallas 18. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second. A19,799 (19,200).

Bobcats 114, Suns 109 (OT)

CHARLOTTE (114): Wallace 6-13 9-12 21, Diaw 9-17 6-6 24, Mohammed 1-9 2-2 4, Felton 7-8 2-2 17, Jackson 11-23 4-6 30, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Augustin 0-4 0-0 0, Murray 6-13 0-0 14, Brown 1-5 2-2 4, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-92 25-30 114.

PHOENIX (109): Dudley 7-13 0-0 18, Stoudemire 6-12 0-0 12, Lopez 4-5 4-4 12, Nash 7-22 4-4 23, Richardson 2-12 1-2 6, Frye 7-12 2-2 20, Dragic 3-7 5-5 12, Amundson 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 2-2 0-0 4, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-87 16-17 109.

Charlotte 26 22 29 21 16— 114

Phoenix 33 21 29 15 11— 109

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 7-21 (Jackson 4-8, Murray 2-5, Felton 1-2, Wallace 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Diaw 0-3), Phoenix 15-34 (Nash 5-9, Frye 4-7, Dudley 4-8, Dragic 1-4, Richardson 1-6). Fouled OutWallace. ReboundsCharlotte 55 (Diaw 11), Phoenix 50 (Dudley 10). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Diaw, Jackson 5), Phoenix 23 (Nash 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 22, Phoenix 25. TechnicalsFelton, Frye. A15,722 (18,422).

Lakers focus, end struggles on road 01/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:30am]
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