NBA ROUNDUP: Lakers lose for 2nd time in 3 games

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  • Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:01am
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PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, Jared Dudley matched his career best with 19 and the Phoenix Suns sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their second loss in three games with a surprising 118-103 rout on Monday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 for the Lakers but sat out the final eight minutes when the game was deemed out of reach by coach Phil Jackson.

Steve Nash had 16 points and 13 assists and the Suns’ reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 52-31.

Phoenix led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, 19 in the third and 22 in the fourth to improve to 12-2 at home.

Warriors 103, Celtics 99

OAKLAND, Calif. — Monta Ellis scored 37 points and converted two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, and Golden State rallied from an early 18-point deficit to hand the Celtics their second two-game losing streak this season. Anthony Randolph added 18 points and nine rebounds and scored six straight during an 8-2 run late in the third quarter to put the Warriors ahead.

76ers 104, Blazers 93

PORTLAND, Ore. — Elton Brand had a season-high 25 points and nine rebounds in a reserve role, leading Philadelphia over the Trail Blazers. Brand, a 6-foot-9 former All Star, made nine of 20 shots in 30 minutes to help Philadelphia (8-22) rally from a 10-point second half deficit. Brandon Roy led Portland (20-13) with 24 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Kings 106, Nuggets 101

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Andres Nocioni made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points, helping the Kings beat the struggling Nuggets. Omri Casspi made a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Kings ahead for good at 97-96. Anthony scored 34 points and Nene had 25 points for the Nuggets, who lost their third straight and fifth in six games.

Thunder 105, Nets 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Kevin Durant matched his season high with 40 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Nets to their 10th straight loss and their second double-digit losing streak of the season. Former Net Nenad Krstic added 19 points and Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 10 assists as the Thunder won a season-high third straight game.

Bobcats 94, Bucks 84

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Charlotte in a miserable performance for the Bucks that prompted coach Scott Skiles to bench Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut. Flip Murray added 16 points for the Bobcats in a one-sided matchup of teams that figure to contend for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Skiles didn’t play Bogut or Redd in the second half after they combined to shoot 1 for 10.

Grizzlies 116, Wizards 111 (OT)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — O.J. Mayo scored 28 points and Zach Randolph had six of his 23 points in overtime for the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol finished with 20, and his two free throws with 9.5 seconds to play extended the Memphis lead to 115-111. Randolph made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left, sending the game to overtime tied at 102.

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