Bryant stars but Lakers downed, Harden rips Raptors

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Updated: November 28, 2012

The Lakers must be wondering what they can do to string together a winning run. Despite 40 points from Kobe Bryant it was an 8th loss of the season for the LA based team at the hands of Indiana, Philadelphia gave the city something their football team has failed to do in recent times, a win, Harden fired the Rockets to a 3 game winning streak, while Minnesota and Phoenix got back on the winning trail.

It was doom and gloom for the Lakers at the Staples Center again, as George Hill’s go-ahead layup with 0.1 seconds left lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 79-77 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. With 24.5 left on the clock, Hill calmly and cooly took the time down to four seconds before he made his move. Hill drove past Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol before his high-arching underhanded scoop shot over the outstretched arms of Gasol and Dwight Howard and kissed high off the glass and through the net. Following a Lakers timeout, World Peace lobbed his inbounds pass to the rim, but no Los Angeles player was in the vicinity. Kobe Bryant, who finished with 40 points, tied the contest at 77-77 prior to Hill’s layup after he rose over two Pacers and nailed a pull-up, right-wing 3- pointer. Hill tallied 19 points for the Pacers, who have won three of their last four games. David West had 16 points, 10 boards and eight assists in the win. Dwight Howard netted 17 points, but was just 3-of-12 from the foul line for Los Angeles, which is 2-3 under new head coach Mike D’Antoni. The Lakers committed 21 turnovers, were 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the foul line and shot just 31.6 percent (24-of-76) from the floor.

It has been a tough month for sports fans in Philadelphia as the Eagles have simply gone from bad to worse. Last night at least the 79ers gave some cheer to a city that is in football turmoil. Evan Turner scored 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late comeback attempt by the Dallas Mavericks to produce a 100-98 victory. Thaddeus Young added 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 along with seven assists for Philadelphia, which put together a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to break an 81-81 deadlock before staving off the hard-charging Mavericks down the stretch to record their fifth win in seven games. The Eagles play Dallas this Sunday and will hope that some of the fight shown by the 76ers will rub off.

Goran Dragic poured in 19 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-78 and Kevin Love scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 24 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-89 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Playing with heavy hearts, the Houston Rockets made their grieving head coach Kevin McHale proud in the team’s first game since the death of his daughter following an auto-immune disease. Jeremy Lin and James Harden combined for 40 points and 22 assists in the Rockets’ 117-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. Lin, who has tallied nine assists and 12 turnovers over his last three games coming in, dished out 10 helpers to go along with 16 points and three giveaways in the win. Harden added 24 points and 12 assists for Houston, which has won three straight contests. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds in the victory.

Tonight’s action sees Portland who will be looking to get their season back on track by piling more misery on winless Washington, San Antonio are going for a 5th straight win against Orlando, Brooklyn are hot at the moment are at Atlantic rivals Boston, Atlanta are at home gunning for a 6th straight win against Charlotte, Phoenix are in Detroit while Dallas, New York and Toronto are also on the road to Chicago, Milwaukee and Memphis. Utah are at bottom of South West New Orleans, Clippers will be looking to stop a 4 game slide at home to Minnesota and Houston coach Kevin McHale will be hoping for another inspired performance at top of the North West Oklahoma.