Bryant scores 34 as Lakers beat 76ers

Last updated 16:11 17/12/2012
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ALL CLASS: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points against the 76ers.

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Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month with a 111-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who led 60-50 at halftime.

Darius Morris had a career-high 15 points, all in the first half, and Chris Duhon scored 14, on Sunday (local time).

The Lakers (11-14), who beat Washington 102-96 on Friday night, won two in a row for the first time since a three-game streak from November 16-20.

Even without injured stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers hardly resembled the team which entered the night four games below .500.

Nick Young paced the reeling Sixers (12-12) with 30 points, while Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner added 16 apiece.

Thaddeus Young had 14 points for Philadelphia, which dropped a third straight game for the first time this season.

NUGGETS 122,  KINGS 97

Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and Denver built a big lead in the first half to cruise past Sacramento.

The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to snap a first-quarter tie and take control. Denver has won seven in a row against the Kings. Sacramento has lost four straight overall.

Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.

Sacramento's Aaron Brooks committed a hard foul against Andre Miller late in the first quarter and a mild altercation ensued involving Cousins and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets.

All four players were given technical fouls.

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