Los Angles Lakers
Pau Gasol may return to the Lakers lineup by Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards.
Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, in the fourth quarter Monday night.
Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
Wilson Chandler scored 23 points in place of an injured Danilo Gallinari, and Ty Lawson added 22 in the Denver Nuggets’ 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
For Dr. Jerry Buss, it was hard to beat watching his Lakers take on the Celtics. Wednesday night at the Staples Center, he would have been proud and honored, not only by the 113-99 victory the Lakers earned over the Celtics, but by the touching tribute given back by the city, and the people who loved him.
A memorial patch will be donned by the Lakers on their jerseys in honor of the team’s longtime owner Jerry Buss, who passed away in Los Angeles on Monday.
LeBron James put 32 points on the board and Dwayne Wade added 30 as the Miami Heat beat the Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their sixth win in their last seven meetings.
Tuesday night in Phoenix, the Lakers blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and had their 3-game winning streak snapped by the Suns.
The technical fouls against Lakers forward Ron Artest and Clippers forward Blake Griffin have been rescinded by the NBA on Monday, according to league spokesman Tim Frank.
Kobe Bryant left no doubt about the state of the defending champs after a second straight blowout loss Saturday, a second consecutive Christmas Day no-show that has thrown the Lakers into their annual episode of soul-searching chaos.