x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Lakers close the gap on Spurs

Kobe Bryant scores 26 points as the Los Angeles Lakers secured their seventh straight win by defeating the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs 99-83.

Lamar Odom, right, drives against Spurs forward Antonio McDyess during the LA Lakers win in San Antonio.
Lamar Odom, right, drives against Spurs forward Antonio McDyess during the LA Lakers win in San Antonio.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points as the Los Angeles Lakers secured their seventh straight win by defeating the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs 99-83.

Pau Gasol also had 21 points as the Lakers closed to within six games of the Spurs, for whom Tony Parker top-scored with 14 points.

Derrick Rose scored 27 points and Luol Deng’s 18 points included two game-clinching free throws as the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 87-86.

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Chris Paul suffered a concussion in the New Orleans Hornets’ 96-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paul, a four-time All-Star, was injured in a collision with Ramon Sessions and was attended to by personnel from both teams before leaving on a stretcher.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points as the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtic maintained their three-game lead with an 89-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Zach Randolph scored 27 points - including the game-clinching basket with less than one second remaining - to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points as the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 92-79, and Russell Westbrook had 32 points and 11 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Phoenix Suns 122-118 after overtime.

The Philadelphia 76ers also needed overtime to see off the Golden State Warriors 125-117. Andre Iguodala sealed back-to-back triple-doubles with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to pace Philadelphia to victory.

Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points to help the Detroit Pistons to a 113-102 win over the Washington Wizards.