LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant had 14 points and 11 assists and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 111-106 last night for their first three-game winning streak in five weeks. Earl Clark had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, whose 18-point lead with 5½ minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch Los Angeles' ninth straight win over New Orleans.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points and the short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-95 last night. Golden State shot 54 percent and was 11 for 16 on 3-pointers, hitting the first nine from beyond the arc. Golden State took control in the second quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second half. Jarrett Jack, starting at point guard in place of Stephen Curry, had 26 points and 12 assists, and David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Michal Handzus (HAND'-zoos) scored the lone goal in a shootout on the first attempt to give the unbeaten San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks last night. Logan Couture scored for San Jose with less than 3 minutes left in the third period to tie the game at 2. He ripped a shot that appeared to deflect off the skates of Bryan Allen and trickled past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who otherwise had an outstanding game. Joe Pavelski scored the first goal for the Sharks.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,000, avoiding arbitration with the hard-throwing right-hander. The Angels announced the deal last night. Jepsen went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA last year, returning to an important role in the Angels' bullpen after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He has been a steady presence in Los Angeles' bullpen for the past four seasons. Jepsen made $501,000 last year.