Printed on: December 06, 2012

Jazz handle Magic; Kobe youngest to 30K


Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Utah over Orlando 87-81 on Wednesday night.

Jefferson had just eight points at halftime but scored 17 in the third quarter and was the difference down the stretch as the Jazz held off a furious Orlando comeback attempt.

Orlando trailed by 14 in the first half and by 11 entering the fourth but took a 79-78 lead on Glen Davis' powerful jam.

Randy Foye's 3-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Jefferson sealed it for Utah.

Around the NBA

LAKERS 103, HORNETS 87: At New Orleans, Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

At 34 years old, Bryant is the youngest to reach the milestone. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.

KNICKS 100, BOBCATS 98: At Charlotte, N.C., J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give New York a win over Charlotte.

The Bobcats appeared in position to win after a miss by Raymond Felton with 14 seconds left, but rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an ill-advised pass and Smith intercepted it.

PACERS 99, TRAIL BLAZERS 92: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 22 points and George Hill added 18 to help Indiana beat Portland.

David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9), who have won four of five.

CELTICS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 94: At Boston, Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as Boston beat Minnesota in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension.

The Celtics improved to 10-0 against Minnesota since they acquired Garnett from the Timberwolves in 2007.

WARRIORS 104, PISTONS 97: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away to beat Detroit.

The Warriors, starting a seven-game Eastern trip, snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29.

BULLS 95, CAVALIERS 85: At Cleveland, Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and Chicago took control early on to beat Cleveland.

The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month.

SPURS 110, BUCKS 99: At San Antonio, Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and San Antonio had a season-high 53 rebounds in the win over Milwaukee. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs.

HAWKS 108, NUGGETS 104: At Atlanta, Josh Smith's steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta's lead and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.

Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds on his 27th birthday, while Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Kings 107, Raptors 100: At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors.

Clippers 112, Mavericks 90: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 14 points and 13 assists, propelling the Los Angeles Clippers to their fourth straight victory over the Dallas Mavericks