Tip-Off for 4/15/13 (featuring Public Enemy): Dwight Howard leads the LA Lakers to a 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs
(Los Angeles Times)
Without Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard has become the center of attention for the Lakers as well as the opposition.
The Los Angeles Lakers began life without Kobe Bryant against the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers took out the visiting Spurs 91-86, but the victory did not come without its anxious moments. The Lakers blew and 11-point fourth quarter lead as Tim Duncan led a furious charge at the end. Dwight Howard had one of his more impressive double-doubles of the season with 26 points and 17 rebounds.
Heat 105 – Bulls 93 – Miami avenged their loss against Chicago which ended their 27-game winning streak. The Bulls shot 35 percent from the floor. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points and 6 assists. Luol Deng scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer grabbed 20 rebounds for the Bulls.
Knicks 90 – Pacers 80 – The Knicks survived what became a physical battle against the Pacers. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points before he was knocked out of the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. Lance Stephenson led Indiana with 22 points and Paul George handed out 10 assists.
76ers 91 – Cavaliers 77 – Doug Collins reportedly has coached his last home game for the 76ers. Collins has stated he will not return next season, Collins has one year remaining on his deal. Dorrell Wright led Philadelphia with 15 points. Tristan Thompson finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland.
Nuggets 118 – Trail Blazers 109 – Denver won an NBA-franchise record 55 games and extended their winning streak at the Pepsi Center to 22 games. Portland has now lost 11 games in a row. Andre Iguodala finished with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Kenneth Faried left the game with a severely sprained ankle and is listed as day-to-day. Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points.
Mavericks 107 – Hornets 89 – Dallas has hopes of ending their season at or better than .500. Dirk Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points. Nowitzki finished with 19 points and Shawn Marion led Dallas with 21 points. Ryan Anderson scored 20 points for the Hornets.
Rockets 121 – Kings 100 – Houston won at home for the ninth time in their last twelve games. James Harden finished with 29 points and 9 assists for the Rockets. Omir Asik had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Travis Outlaw led Sacramento with 15 points.
Lakers 91 – Spurs 86 – Steve Blake scored 23 points and Pau Gasol grabbed 16 boards for Los Angeles. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points and 10 boards.
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