Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are winning again. It's just a two-game streak, but it's still a turnaround from their abysmal play of late.

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

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won two in a row for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-20.

"It's guys playing with confidence and guys trusting each other," said Bryant, who was 12 for 21 from the field. "We played well, communicated well, kept attacking, and good things happened. I know the questions have been coming because we hadn't been winning, but our time will come."

Even without injured stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers hardly resembled the team that entered the night four games below .500. Bryant has scored at least 30 points in six consecutive games.

Nick Young paced the 76ers with 30 points.

Raptors 103, Rockets 96: Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead host Toronto over Houston.

Calderon, who started for the third straight game in place of the injured Kyle Lowry, held Rockets guard Jeremy Lin to just seven points and two assists.

The Rockets have lost seven straight on the road.

"It was a disappointing one," Lin said. "We obviously didn't get the win, and I don't think we played particularly well. Not the best feeling."

James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets.

Trail Blazers 95, Hornets 94: Rookie Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left, and host Portland handed New Orleans its sixth straight loss.

The Hornets had trailed by as many as 16 points before Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer for New Orleans to tie it at 92 with 50.9 seconds left.

The Blazers then absorbed a blow when LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly came up limping and headed to the locker room with what appeared to be a left ankle injury, but Lillard came through to give Portland the win.

The winning shot appeared to come at the buzzer, but a review put the fraction back on the clock. Lance Thomas made a layup for the Hornets as time ran out for the final margin.

J.J. Hickson had 24 points and added 16 rebounds for the Blazers. Ryan Anderson had 26 points for New Orleans.

Nuggets 122, Kings 97: Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18, and Denver cruised past host Sacramento.

The Nuggets led by 18 at halftime and 97-67 entering the fourth quarter.

Starting Kings guard Tyreke Evans played the first 10 minutes, then left the game for good with a sore left knee. He missed five of the previous eight games because of his injured knee.

Bucks: Center Joel Przybilla has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a basketball that hit a referee during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Bucks host the Indiana Pacers.