Perhaps now the Los Angeles Lakers can put the anguish of losing the NBA finals to Boston behind them.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the final three minutes, and the host Lakers beat Boston 92-83 Thursday to snap the Celtics' franchise-record 19-game winning streak.
The game was the first between them since the Celtics romped to a 131-92 home victory in Game 6 last June to win their first championship in 22 years.
The victory was the 1,000th for Phil Jackson, making him the sixth NBA coach to reach that milestone. Jackson, 63, is 1,000-423 in 17-plus seasons as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Lakers. He became the fastest to win 1,000 games.
The Celtics entered with a 27-2 record — the best start by a two-loss team. Kevin Garnett put them ahead 81-79 with 3:57 remaining, but the Lakers went on a 13-2 run.
SPURS 91, SUNS 90 Former Virginia Cavaliers standout Roger Mason Jr. sank a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer in Phoenix to give San Antonio its fourth straight victory and 10th in 12 games.
Tim Duncan had 25 points and 17 rebounds for San Antonio. Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix.
O'Neal was 9-of-16 at the foul line to become the only man besides Wilt Chamberlain to miss 5,000 NBA free throws. Steve Nash had eight assists to become the 13th player to reach 7,000.
CAVS 93, WIZARDS 89 Cleveland scored 11 straight points in the final 1:33 to remain the NBA's only unbeaten home team (15-0) and extend Washington's skid to eight.
Mo Williams scored 24 points and LeBron James and Delonte West had 18 apiece for the Cavaliers. They trailed 89-82 before three free throws by James, a 3-pointer by Williams and five foul shots in the last 26 seconds.
Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and Mike James 26 for the Wizards.
MAGIC 88, HORNETS 68 Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points, and Dwight Howard had 12 points and 15 rebounds in Southeast- leading Orlando's sixth straight victory.
New Orleans guard Chris Paul's NBA-record streak of getting at least one steal ended at 108 games.
Howard modeled his specially made, red-and-blue Superman shoes as fans wore free Superman T-shirts. Howard, who won last year's dunk contest at the All-Star weekend, will go to Phoenix in February to try to repeat. Memphis' Rudy Gay, Nate Robinson of New York and a fans' pick will challenge him. The vote will be among Milwaukee's Joe Alexander, Portland's Rudy Fernandez and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
Daily press Thursday's highlight Kobe Bryant scores27 points in the Lakers' 92-83 win over the Celtics.Tonight's best bet Boston at Golden State, 10:30. The Celtics look to start a new win streak.Who's hot Orlando's Dwight Howard is averaging 17 pointsand 14 rebounds in hislast 10 games.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun