Bryant leads Lakers past Wizards
Kobe Bryant took over the game by scoring 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and Andrew Bynum added seven points in his season debut Tuesday night as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers beat the undermanned Washington Wizards, 103-89.
Bryant scored 12 consecutive Lakers points during a 17-2 third-quarter run that put the game away. The Lakers won for the fifth time in six games, including three of the first four on their seven-game East Coast trip.
Bryant's hot streak came shortly after a dubious NBA hat trick. Fouled while attempting a three-pointer, he missed all three free throws to the boos and laughter of the Verizon Center crowd.
Wizards forward Yi Jianlian sprained his right knee in the first quarter and did not return.
Elsewhere: Luis Scola had 23 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters, and the Houston Rockets beat visiting Sacramento, 118-105. The Kings played without Tyreke Evans, who sat out with a sore left foot. . . . Nazr Mohammed collected 18 points and eight rebounds, and Charlotte overcame Stephen Jackson's poor night to beat the visiting Toronto Raptors, 97-91. Jackson was held to seven points before fouling out. Tyrus Thomas hit the go-ahead jumper with a little more than a minute remaining, and Matt Carroll, playing for Jackson, hit a cutting Boris Diaw for a half-hook on Charlotte's next possession to make it 93-89. . . . Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and Detroit ended a four-game losing streak by beating Atlanta, 103-80, in Auburn Hills, Mich. . . . Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, and Denver pulled away in the final five minutes to beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 111-94, despite J.J. Redick's career-high 29 points.
Report: Williams going from Nets to Rockets
Houston will acquire swingman Terrence Williams from New Jersey in a three-team trade that gives the Nets two more first-round draft picks for potential use in a Carmelo Anthony deal, a person with knowledge of the trade said.
The Nets would receive the Rockets' first-round draft pick in 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick in 2011, and current Lakers shooting guard Sasha Vujacic, the person told the Associated Press. The person was granted anonymity because no formal announcement had been made about the trade, which can't be completed until Wednesday. The Lakers get veteran Joe Smith in the trade, first reported by Yahoo.com.
Williams was inactive for Tuesday's loss to the 76ers, and posted a farewell message on his Twitter page.
Chicago is without Rose
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is listed as day-to-day after suffering multiple injuries in a win over the Indiana Pacers.
Rose had a sprained right wrist, a bruised right elbow, and a sore right hip after Monday's game.
- Wire reports