Kobe Bryant leads Lakers over Nets, 92-83

Posted: February 07, 2013

Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of injured Dwight Howard and suspended Metta World Peace, plus the loss of Pau Gasol, to beat the host Brooklyn Nets, 92-83, on Tuesday night.

Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Gasol, his replacement, appeared to injure his right foot with a little more than four minutes remaining.

Elsewhere: The host Houston Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 three-pointers in a 140-109 win over Golden State. Jeremy Lin sank five treys and Chandler Parsons and James Harden hit four apiece as the Rockets reached a season-high point total. . . . Paul George scored 29 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their 15th straight home win, 114-103, over the Atlanta Hawks. . . . Goran Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Phoenix Suns past the host Memphis Grizzlies, 96-90.

World Peace out

World Peace was suspended for one game because he hit Detroit's Brandon Knight in the face. World Peace grabbed Knight around the neck and struck him in the jaw with the knuckles of his mostly open hand on Sunday with 1:43 left in the first half of the Lakers' 98-97 win over the Pistons.

Sacramento's plans

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Tuesday he will announce soon the identities of the big-pocket investors he is assembling to put together an ownership group that would make a counteroffer for the NBA's Kings to block a Seattle group.

Johnson is hoping to assemble both an ownership group and an arena plan to rival that of Seattle's. - Staff and wire reports

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