PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month with a 111-98 victory
over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 11-14. Darius Morris had a career-high 15 points, all in the first half, and Chris Duhon scored 14.
The Lakers, who beat Washington 102-96 on Friday night, won two in a row for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-20.
Nick Young paced the reeling Sixers
(12-12) with 30 points.
NUGGETS 122, KINGS 97
In Sacramento, Calif., reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and Denver built a big lead in the first half and cruised past Sacramento.
The Nuggets scored 16 consecutive points to break away from a tie in the first quarter, and led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way. Denver has won seven in a row against the Kings. Sacramento has lost four in a row overall.
RAPTORS 103, ROCKETS 96
In Toronto, Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead the short-handed Raptors past Houston, giving Toronto consecutive wins for the first time in eight months.
Alan Anderson had 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points for the Raptors (6-19),
who hadn’t won consecutive games since April 13 and 15 of last season.
James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets (11-12), while Marcus Morris added 19.