LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 102-84 last night, snapping a four-game skid. Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 17 points. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 15 and Pau Gasol added 15 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant had 14 points, a season-high 14 assists and nine rebounds to help the Lakers beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Sacramento Kings 105-95 last night. Tyreke Evans scored 16 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points on a difficult night shooting for the Kings, who have lost three straight and four of five. The loss for the Kings came a day after billionaire Ron Burkle took his interest in the franchise to Commissioner David Stern.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Chicago Bulls' 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night. David Lee, the Warriors' All-Star selection, scored 23 points. Stephen Curry added 21 for Golden State, which shot 34.6 percent from the field to snap a three-game winning streak.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have avenged last week's blowout loss to Anaheim with three power-play goals in a 5-0 win over the Ducks last night. Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots, but Anaheim couldn't get off to a 3-0-0 start for the second time in franchise history.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike (ah-GWOO'-mih-kay) had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 6 Stanford to a 65-44 victory over Utah last night. Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points for the Cardinal, who won their third straight and for the sixth time in seven games.