Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, then watched Dwight Howard complete a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left Friday night to help the visiting Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Indiana Pacers 99-93.
Bryant started two nights after he was hurt but was ineffective. He went 0 for 4 in the first quarter, then went to the bench and did not return. He spent the second half holding a black box with wires running down to the injured ankle as he cheered on the Lakers (35-32).
Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Metta World Peace had 19 points.
"It really just continued to swell, and I couldn't put any weight on it, so I called it a night," Bryant said after getting more treatment on the sore ankle in the training room. "I told them before the game, 'I don't know how much I have, but whatever I have, I'll give you.' "
Howard's three-point play broke an 87-all tie, and the Lakers closed the game on a 10-3 run.
Heat 107, Bucks 94: LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and visiting Miami made it 21 straight wins, beating Milwaukee. Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the
The Heat led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, then withstood a push by the Bucks to remain unbeaten since a loss at Indiana on Feb. 1.
Nuggets 87, Grizzlies 80: Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, helping Denver rally for its 11th straight victory, the team's longest streak in 30 years. The Nuggets have won 15 straight at home.
Thunder 117, Magic 104: Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 to help Oklahoma City improve to 30-4 at home with a victory over Orlando.
Rockets 108, Timberwolves 100: James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and host Houston rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat Minnesota and stay two games ahead of the Lakers in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference.
Wizards 96, Hornets 87: John Wall put on a rare shooting show, scoring a season-high 29 points and matching his career high with three 3-pointers as Washington ran its home winning streak to four with a victory over New Orleans.
Wall went 12 for 15 from the field, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range, displaying an outside touch that's been mostly absent since he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft. He entered Friday's game just 3 for 20 from 3-point range for the season.