Kobe Bryant scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, and the Lakers beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 99-85, in a matchup of the Western Conference's best teams that turned out to be a mismatch.
The win was the fourth straight and 14th in 17 games for the Lakers (35-8), whose .814 winning percentage is the best in the NBA.
Guard Jordan Farmar returned after missing 18 games because of an injured left knee and had 14 points. Forward Luke Walton played in his third game after missing nine with a foot injury.
Tony Parker had 19 points for the Spurs (29-14).
The Rockets were without Yao Ming (knee).
Warriors 107, Clippers 92: : Corey Maggette scored 20 points against his former team as host Golden State (14-31) defeated Los Angeles (10-33).
Off the court
Bucks: : Guard Michael Redd, Milwaukee's leading score at 21.2 points per game, will miss the remainder of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee he suffered in the team's 106-104 victory over Sacramento on Saturday night.
Redd, who helped the U.S. reclaim the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics last summer, was averaging 25 points in January and shooting better than 51 percent from the field.
Knicks: : A woman found shot to death in a Chicago apartment was an ex-girlfriend of New York center Eddy Curry and the mother of his 3-year-old son, Curry's attorney, Kelly Saindon, said.
A relative found the bodies of Nova Henry, 24, and her 9-month-old daughter, Ava, in their apartment near the South Side on Saturday evening, Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.
Curry's 3-year-old son was found unharmed at the scene. Curry is a former player for the Bulls.