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76ers beat Lakers to end 28-game skid

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kobe Bryant breezed through the Philadelphia 76ers locker room and said to no one in particular, "keep it going, guys."

His homecoming game spoiled, Bryant said one final goodbye to Philly, which is winless no more.

The 76ers said good riddance to the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports - winless in 28 games dating to last season. And 0 for 18 to begin this one.


Wall's 35 send Cavs to first home loss

CLEVELAND (AP) A visit to Cleveland is rarely the solution for a struggling team's problems. John Wall and the Washington Wizards bucked that trend Tuesday night.

Wall scored a season-high 35 points and the Wizards handed the Cavaliers their first home loss of the season, 97-85.


Walton wins coach of month with 0-0 mark

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton has more NBA coach of the month awards than official wins.

The Golden State Warriors interim coach was named the top coach in the Western Conference for October and November on Tuesday after leading the team to a record 19-0 start in place of injured Steve Kerr.


Gasol's 38 and 13 lead Grizz by Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Marc Gasol decided to be less analytical and more assertive on the offensive end. The Memphis Grizzlies liked the results.

Gasol scored a career-high 38 points to go with 13 rebounds and four blocks, and the Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 on Tuesday night. Gasol's performance represented a significant departure from his previous five games, when he twice failed to score in double digits and never had more than 15 points.


Mavs win in Matthews' return to Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points and the Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 115-112 in overtime Tuesday night in Wesley Matthews' first trip back to Portland since signing with Dallas as a free agent.

Dirk Nowitzki added 28 points and Matthews finished with 18 points in his return as the Mavs snapped a four-game losing streak on the road.


Magic hold off Wolves, win streak now 4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With every nail-biter they pull out, the Orlando Magic believe a little more that those years of struggling are behind them.

With every loss at home, the Minnesota Timberwolves grow a little more frustrated that their rebuilding plan isn't moving at a quicker pace.


Nets top Suns for fourth in row at home

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets had a rough road to start, though they knew their schedule would have them largely home for the holidays.

So far, they are taking advantage of it.


Curry's late 3 lifts Warriors to 19-0

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Stephen Curry was held in relative check for most of Monday night. The reigning MVP and NBA's leading scorer had 16 points through three quarters as Draymond Green and other teammates did the heavy lifting.

Then came the fourth quarter.


PG Jackson fined $25K for remarks to fan

DETROIT (AP) The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week.

The fine was announced Tuesday.


James: I wanted to be just like Bryant

CLEVELAND (AP) When he was a kid, LeBron James looked up on his bedroom wall where Kobe Bryant hung in reverence.

"I wanted to be just like him, man," James said Tuesday.

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