The Los Angeles Lakers have scoring beyond Kobe Bryant in Mike D'Antoni's offense. Not so much for the Dallas Mavericks when O.J. Mayo is a bit off, at least until Dirk Nowitzki gets back.
Metta World Peace hit three quick 3-pointers to spark a Los Angeles barrage from long range, and the Lakers scored 36 points before Bryant took his first shot in a 115-89 blowout of the Mavericks on Saturday night.
Once he started shooting, Bryant, the league's leading scorer, ended up joining World Peace among three Lakers with 19 points, and Los Angeles avoided its first 0-5 road start in nearly 20 years by scoring 100 points for the first time in four games under its hobbled coach.
"Metta played great. There was no reason not to," said D'Antoni, now 2-2 since joining the Los Angeles bench after knee replacement surgery. "The force that we had rolling, and the way the ball moves, he'll get it and he should get 10 3s a night."
Mayo didn't get any 3-pointers on this night, going 0 for 5 despite coming in as the league leader with 42 from long range. Harassed by tough defense from Bryant, he scored 13 points -- nine below his average -- and even missed the rim on a finger-roll layup attempt while
"Oh man, terrific defense," Mayo said. "But a lot of them were missed open shots."
The Lakers don't expect their offense to find a high gear until Steve Nash returns from a leg injury, but they didn't need him against his old team, which will be missing his old running buddy, Nowitzki, for about another month at least.
Really, the Lakers didn't even need Bryant a night after he scored the final 14 Los Angeles points in a loss at Memphis. He hit his first shot early in the second quarter to put the Lakers up 41-23, and he made it a 20-point game on another bucket with 8:54 left in the half.
Thunder 116, 76ers 109: No matter how many shots the Oklahoma City Thunder missed, it remained confident about the next one.
Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 and the Thunder beat the host 76ers 116-109 in overtime.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points for the defending Western Conference champions, who've won nine of 11 to go to 10-4.
The Thunder missed its last seven shots in regulation, but got 3-pointers from four players in OT.
"We weren't making shots at the end, but I like the fact guys continued to stick with each other and trust each other," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Trust isn't a word we throw around loosely. You're not always going to make shots, but if a guy is open, you have to trust he'll make the next one."
Thad Young had a season-high 29 points and career-high 15 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which has lost two in a row after winning three straight.
Trailing most of the game, the Sixers tied it at 94 on a dunk by Young off an underneath pass by Turner with 5:01 left.
The Thunder regained the lead on Westbrook's driving layup and Durant's 10-footer made it 98-94. A pair of free throws by Lavoy Allen cut it to 98-96. The teams combined for eight misses and three turnovers until Young's layup tied it at 98 with 1:36 to go.
Each team missed its next two shots and Turner deflected away an inbound pass with 3 seconds left to send it to overtime.
That's when the Thunder found its shooting touch from beyond the arc.
General manager Tony DiLeo said that Bynum is out indefinitely and there's no timetable set for his first game. The All-Star center was acquired from the Lakers in a four-team trade before the season.
Heat 110, Cavaliers 108: Ray Allen took a pass from LeBron James and made a 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, and host Miami rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:52 to beat Cleveland.
James finished with 30 points for the Heat, which remained perfect at home despite leading for only 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and Allen finished with 17 -- 15 in the fourth quarter -- for the Heat, which lost Shane Battier in the third quarter to a sprained right knee.
Cleveland had a good look at the lead, but Wade blocked Jeremy Pargo's jumper with 3 seconds left, and Allen added one free throw to stretch the lead to two. Cleveland controlled the rebound with 0.6 seconds left, but never got anything near the rim.
Hawks 104, Clippers 93: Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and host Atlanta won its fifth straight game with a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for the Clippers.
Bulls 93, Bucks 86: Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece to lead Chicago to a victory over host Milwaukee, breaking a four-game losing streak.
The win by the Bulls was the ninth straight over the Bucks and the fifth straight at the Bradley Center.
Bobcats 108, Wizards 106: Byron Mullens scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 as Charlotte earned its seventh win of the season and kept host Washington winless with a double-overtime victory.
Last season, the Bobcats went 7-59 in the lockout-shortened season.
Kings 108, Jazz 97: Tyreke Evans scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and slumping Sacramento beat visiting Utah. The Kings squandered a 13-point lead in a two-point loss Friday in Utah, but this time held on to win for only the second time in eight games.