LA Lakers win on D'Antoni's sideline debut

Last updated 19:53 21/11/2012

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Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in coach Mike D'Antoni's sideline debut.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a horrific 7-for-19 performance at the free-throw line for the Lakers, who have won five of six and moved above .500 since firing Mike Brown.

Although D'Antoni is still unsteady on his surgically replaced knee, he coached Los Angeles to a narrow victory that snapped Brooklyn's five-game winning streak.

Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers.

The Knicks extended the undermanned New Orleans Hornets' losing streak to four games as Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in New York's 102-80 win.

Raymond Felton and JR Smith each added 15 points. Felton scored all of his points on five 3-pointers as New York hit 14 3s as a team.

Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history.

Ryan Anderson, starting in place of Anthony Davis, led the Hornets with 15 points.

Philadelphia's Jason Richardson scored six of his 21 points late in the fourth quarter and Nick Young had 23 off the bench as the 76ers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-98.

Jrue Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists, and Thad Young scored 18 to help the Sixers win their third straight game.
DeMar DeRozan had 24 and Andrea Bargnani scored 22 for the Raptors, who are off to a 3-8 start. 

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