Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 38 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at American Airlines Center. Bryant added 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Lakers' third straight victory and became the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse the 31,000- point plateau at 34 years, 185 days, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's mark of 36 years, 164 days. Steve Nash followed with 20 points and Dwight Howard finished with nine points and 13 boards for Los Angeles. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Vince Carter and Elton Brand added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Mavericks, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end.
Final Score: Golden State 100, Minnesota 99
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jarrett Jack scored a team-high 23 points to go with eight assists on Sunday, as the Golden State Warriors snuck past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-99, at Target Center. David Lee recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Carl Landry added 19 points and nine boards to help the Warriors snap a five-game road skid. Stephen Curry contributed 18 points and five assists in Golden State's third consecutive win overall. Derrick Williams led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic poured in 21 points to go with eight boards in the setback, Minnesota's second in a row and seventh in its last nine games. Ricky Rubio registered 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals in the loss.
Final Score: Miami 109, Cleveland 105
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to help the Miami Heat earn their 11th consecutive victory with a 109-105 decision over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James poured in a game-high 28 points to go with eight assists for the Heat, who watched a 22-point third quarter lead turn into an eight-point fourth quarter deficit before Wade took over down the stretch. Mario Chalmers chipped in 16 points to help Miami become the first Eastern Conference team to 40 wins. Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 26 points, while C.J. Miles made five 3- pointers en route to 19 points for the Cavaliers, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end. Kyrie Irving added 17 points and five assists in the setback, Cleveland's fifth in a row against the Heat.
Final Score: New Orleans 110, Sacramento 95
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Anthony Davis recorded 20 points and eight rebounds, as the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Sacramento Kings, 110-95, on Sunday at New Orleans Arena. Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson scored 17 points apiece, Roger Mason Jr. added 13, and Greivis Vasquez registered 12 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who snap a three-game losing streak. John Salmons scored 18 points for the Kings, who have lost five straight games. DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points apiece, with Cousins also grabbing 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Memphis 76, Brooklyn 72
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 76-72 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Marc Gasol had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks for the Grizzlies, who are on a seven-game winning streak. Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Mike Conley had 10 points, seven assists and three steals. Deron Williams scored 24 points for the Nets, who lost their second straight game. C.J. Watson scored 11 points and Andray Blatche registered 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.