Lakers express interest in their former coach

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Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shoots over Dallas' Jae Crowder (center) and Elton Brand. The Bobcats won, ending a 16-game losing streak vs. the Mavericks.  CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shoots over Dallas' Jae Crowder (center) and Elton Brand. The Bobcats won, ending a 16-game losing streak vs. the Mavericks.

The Los Angeles Lakers spoke to 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson on Saturday about returning for a third stint on their bench.

The Lakers confirmed on their website that Jackson discussed the job with owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak. They’ll meet again early next week.

Los Angeles fired coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start. Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff led the Lakers to a blowout win over Golden State later that night, and the Lakers said Bickerstaff will coach the club in a home game against Sacramento tonight.

Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan also are thought to be candidates for the job if Jackson declines.

BOBCATS 101,

MAVERICKS 97 (OT)

In Charlotte, N.C., rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak against Dallas.

76ERS 93, RAPTORS 83

In Toronto, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points apiece and Philadelphia beat Toronto, its fifth victory in six meetings with the Raptors.

Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 23 points.

PACERS 89, WIZARDS 85

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 20 points and Indiana beat winless Washington.

Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal had 17 points apiece for the Wizards.

BULLS 87, TIMBERWOLVES 80

In Chicago, Nate Robinson scored 18 points and the Bulls beat Minnesota, ending the Timberwolves’ three-game winning streak.

Nikola Pekovic led Min­nesota with 18 points.

ROCKETS 96, PISTONS 82

In Houston, James Harden scored 20 points and the Rockets beat winless Detroit in their first game without coach Kevin McHale.

The team announced that McHale was taking an immediate leave of absence to deal with a family matter. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson took over for McHale.

CELTICS 96, BUCKS 92

In Milwaukee, Paul Pierce had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston.

Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis led all scorers with 32.


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