Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:43 AM
Source: Associated Press
UNDATED - The Los Angeles Lakers can celebrate consecutive wins for the first time in nearly a month. Sunday night in Philadelphia Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 111-98 win over the 76ers.
Elsewhere, Jose Calderon had a triple-double and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 103-96. Calderon finished with 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds as the Raptors won their second straight.
Denver cruised past Sacramento 122-97. Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points and Danilo Gallinari added 18 to help the Nuggets beat the Kings for the seventh straight time.
Damian Lillard hit the go-ahead three-pointer 0.3 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers held off New Orleans 95-94. J.J. Hickson scored 24 to lead the Blazers who handed the Hornets their sixth consecutive loss. New Orleans trailed by as many as 16 points but tied the game at 92 on a three-pointer by Austin Rivers with just under a 51 seconds remaining.