Brandon Roy took over down the stretch last night, scoring 12 of his 22 points in the final eight minutes to help visiting Portland beat the Washington Wizards, 98-92, and extend the Trail Blazers' winning streak to six games.
The well-balanced Blazers put five players in double figures: Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez and Steve Blake (Maryland). Oden, the rookie center who missed all last season, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double double in the past 12 games.
The Hawks welcomed back Josh Smith, their $58 million forward who missed the previous 12 games with an ankle sprain. In 28 minutes, Smith had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, four turnovers and one blocked shot.
Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis dropped its season-worst seventh straight.
Lakers 114, 76ers 102: : Kobe Bryant tormented his hometown team again, scoring 32 points to help Los Angeles rebound from a last-second loss to Indiana. The 76ers lost for the fourth time in five games and haven't won consecutive games since Nov. 21-23.
Bobcats 103, Thunder 97: : Emeka Okafor had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced attack as host Charlotte sent Oklahoma City, which ended a franchise-record-tying 14-game losing streak Saturday, back to its losing ways.
Cavaliers 118, Knicks 82: : LeBron James scored 21 points and grabbed an early seat on the bench as Cleveland improved to 10-0 on its own floor for the first time with its 14th win in 15 games. Al Harrington scored 20 points for New York.
Hornets 104, Suns 91: : Chris Paul had 24 points and 15 assists to lead host New Orleans, which has won five of its past six games.
Bucks 97, Bulls 90: : Charlie Villanueva came off the bench to score 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and seldom-used Dan Gadzuric had 11 points and 14 rebounds, lifting host Milwaukee over Chicago.
Off the court
Raptors: : Toronto fired coach Sam Mitchell and replaced him with assistant Jay Triano, one day after a 132-93 loss at Denver. Mitchell led the Raptors to the playoffs in the past two seasons and was the NBA's Coach of the Year for 2006-07. Toronto was off to a sluggish 8-9 start, in part because of injuries. General manager Bryan Colangelo said Triano, the first Canadian head coach in NBA history, likely would be in charge for the rest of the season. Mitchell went 156-189 in four-plus seasons with the Raptors.