Bryant gets his payback

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots over Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Bryant had 33 points in Sunday's win.



LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in his third consecutive stellar performance since Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star Game, and Wade managed only 16 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 93-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Metta World Peace scored 17 points while leading a solid defensive effort for the Lakers, who have won 17 of their past 18 home games. Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles never trailed in the final 44 minutes against Miami, snapping a four-game skid in Bryant’s head-to-head matchups with Wade’s Heat.

LeBron James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who lost on the final two stops of their three-game trip.


BULLS 96, 76ERS 91

In Philadelphia, Derrick Rose tied a season high with 35 points, and Joakim Noah had 11 points and 18 rebounds to lead Chicago to its sixth consecutive win.



In Boston, Rajon Rondo had his second triple-double
in three games, spoiling Harvard grad Jeremy Lin’s return to Boston. Rondo had 18 points, 20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds.



In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, James Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak against to the Warriors.



In Houston, Chris Paul had 28 points and 10 assists, Blake Griffin added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.



In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 19 points, Marcin Gortat scored 14 and matched his season high with 17 rebounds as the Suns won their third in a row.

In all three wins, the Suns rallied from double-digit deficits, something the franchise hadn’t done since November 2002.



In Charlotte, N.C., Deron Williams scored a franchise-record 57 points to lift New Jersey past the Bobcats.

Williams, who was a 21 for 21 from the free-throw line, broke the franchise’s previous mark of 52 points, shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Richardson.



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