David West scored 29 points and James Posey made six 3-pointers and had 20 points as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 99-91 on Sunday for their eighth win in 10 games in the National Basketball Association.
Rasual Butler added 16 points, and Chris Paul had 12 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, 12-of-33 from 3-point range. Chris Bosh had 25 points for Toronto.
Spurs 109, Thunder 104
At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 22 points, and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 12 rebounds in San Antonio's sixth straight victory.
Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Roger Mason had 14 for the Spurs. Jeff Green led the Thunder (2-23) with 33 points, and Kevin Durant had 28.
Grizzlies 102, Heat 86
At Memphis, Tennessee, O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, and Rudy Gay added 18 to help Memphis beat Miami for its fourth straight win, the Grizzlies' longest winning streak since the final five games of the 2005-06 season.
Michael Beasley led Miami with 20 points. Dwyane Wade had 17 on 5-of-16 shooting.
Lakers 98, T-wolves 86
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 26 points and five assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat struggling Minnesota.
Pau Gasol had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Andrew Bynum added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Trevor Ariza scored 14 points for the Lakers.
The win was the 13th in the last 14 games for the Lakers, whose 20-3 record is the second-best in the NBA behind Boston's 22-2 mark, but it wasn't very impressive. The Lakers won despite being outrebounded 53-46. They forced 17 turnovers while committing 10 themselves and shot 44.7 percent to Minnesota's 36.1 percent.
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota.
(Agencies via China Daily December 16, 2008)