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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 108, Chicago 93

Los Angeles -- Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds Thursday in his first appearance of the season to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-93 win over Chicago.

Gasol sat out the first 11 games of the season while nursing a strained right hamstring. He was 9-of-15 from the floor in his season debut.

Kobe Bryant finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who have won two straight games after dropping two straight.

Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to take over second place as the Lakers' all-time scoring leader. With has 24,182 points, he trails only Jerry West (25,192).

NBA: Utah 90, San Antonio 83

San Antonio -- A 3-point play by Carlos Boozer with a minute to play gave Utah a four-point lead Thursday and the Jazz held on to defeat San Antonio 90-83.

Boozer scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, Deron Williams had 21 points with 10 assists and Paul Millsap contributed 20 points off the bench.
Utah won its second straight and the injury-depleted Spurs have dropped three in a row.

San Antonio trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but battled back to within one when Boozer took a pass from Williams and scored from in close for an 86-83 lead.

Boozer was fouled on the play and converted the free throw attempt, after which San Antonio's Antonio McDyess missed a turnaround jumper.

NBA: New Orleans 110, Phoenix 103

New Orleans -- Darren Collison scored nine point during a late-game run Thursday that lifted the New Orleans Hornets to a 110-103 victory over Phoenix.

The Hornets have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, both of them coming after General Manager Jeff Bower took over the coaching position from the dismissed Byron Scott.

Phoenix, which came into the game tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NBA at 10-2, lost for the second time in eight games.

It was a 93-93 tie with 3:30 remaining when Collison put New Orleans in front with two free throws. His 3-pointer with 2:16 to go boosted the lead to six.

NBA: Denver 130, Toronto 112

Denver -- Carmelo Anthony had the hot hand with 32 points Tuesday in the Denver Nuggets' 130-112 win in a shootout with Toronto.

Anthony was 12-of-15 from the field and sank eight of his 10 free throws and the Nuggets shot a dazzling 61.5 percent from the field.

J.R. Smith added 29 for the Nuggets, including five 3-pointers, and Nene had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 for the Raptors, who lost their second game in a row. Jose Calderon and Marco Belinelli each 8 minutes to play in the third quarter on a free throw by Chris Bosh. Denver promptly took off on a 7-0 run that placed them solidly in the lead the rest of the way.

NBA: Portland 87, Detroit 81

Portland, Ore. -- Steve Blake and Andre Miller each made two free throws in the final 10 seconds Wednesday and Portland fought off a big rally to down Detroit 87-81.

The Trail Blazers owned a 20-point lead heading into the fourth quarter only to have the Pistons close within two on a tip-in by Charlie Villanueva with 15 seconds to play.

Blake made his foul shots for a four-point lead with 10 seconds left and Miller converted two more with 5 seconds remaining.

Portland bounced back from its first loss in more than two weeks. The Trail Blazers suffered a setback in Atlanta Monday after winning six in a row.

NBA: Dallas 99, San Antonio 94 (OT)

Dallas -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 41 points in overtime Wednesday, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 99-94 victory over San Antonio.

The Mavericks won their fourth straight and improved to 9-3 for the season, the second-best record behind Phoenix in the Western Conference.

Nowitzki scored the final points of regulation on a tip-in with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth period, and then dominated the 5-minute extra period.

He gave Dallas the lead for good at 92-91 on a 3-point play with 2:28 remaining. San Antonio's Tim Duncan then missed a jumper and Jason Terry hit one for Dallas. After Duncan missed a hook shot, Nowitzki connected on a 3-point attempt to give the Mavericks a 97-91 advantage with 1:19 to go.

NBA: Utah 104, Toronto 91

Salt Lake City -- Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and Deron Williams scored 20 in his return to the lineup Wednesday, carrying the Utah Jazz to a 104-91 win over Toronto.

Boozer also had 18 rebounds. Williams, who rejoined the Jazz after missing two games while his daughter underwent medical tests, added nine assists.

Andrei Kirilenko also scored 20 and Eric Maynor produced nine of his 15 points during a fourth-quarter run. Utah overcame the absence of Mehmet Okur (flu) and Ronnie Price (sprained big toe).

Chris Bosh had 32 points and 17 rebounds for Toronto, losers of three in a row.

The Jazz had only a one-point lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter before going on a 17-2 run.

Toronto has not beaten the Jazz since 2004.

NBA: Memphis 106, LA Clippers 91

Memphis -- Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph each scored 21 points Wednesday, helping Memphis roll past the Los Angeles Clippers 106-91.

After losing eight of their first nine games this season, the Grizzlies have won two in a row.

It was the first game for Memphis since the Grizzlies released the disgruntled Allen Iverson. The high-scoring guard signed with Memphis as a free agent in September, then missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury.

Iverson was removed from the starting lineup and had expressed his displeasure with having to sit on the bench.

Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo scored 16 each for Memphis, which shot 54.3 percent from the field.

NBA: Milwaukee 99, New Jersey 85

Milwaukee -- Brandon Jennings keyed a 15-point run to start the third period Wednesday and Milwaukee went on to down the still winless New Jersey Nets 99-85.

New Jersey, mired in its worst start to a season in franchise history, has lost 12 in a row.

Andrew Bogut scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won five of six. Carlos Delfino also had 21 points and Jennings had 19.

Jennings made two 3-pointers and a dunk during the run that opened the third period, giving Milwaukee a 56-48 lead. The Bucks added a 10-1 spurt in the fourth quarter that raised their advantage to 19.

NBA: Houston 97, Minnesota 84

Minneapolis -- Luis Scola led the way with 20 points Wednesday and the Houston Rockets went on a fourth-quarter run to defeat Minnesota 97-84.

After winning their season opener, the Timberwolves have lost 11 consecutive games.

Scola also pulled down 16 rebounds and Trevor Ariza added 18 points in bringing the Rockets their ninth straight victory over Minnesota. Charles Hayes chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for Houston.

The Rockets led by one going into the fourth period but began to put the game out of reach with a 10-2 run that gave them an 85-76 cushion.

Al Jefferson, who had missed two games due to a death in the family, returned to score 20 points for the Timberwolves.