Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 106-93 on Wednesday night, handing the Lakers their fourth straight loss.
The Lakers, despite holding a team meeting after a morning shootaround, also lost their seventh consecutive road game, and Dwight Howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder in the first half.
The Grizzlies had a 60-34 edge in the paint with Howard out the second half. Howard was 0 of 4 from the floor and headed to the locker room with 2:21 left in the first half. Coach Mike D'Antoni said the center will be re-evaluated in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant had 29 points for the Lakers.
"I do think they play as hard as they can play, and that's what's scary," D'Antoni said of his Lakers, who are 2-10 in January. "I mean I don't know how we can play harder or blame something else. We just didn't play well."
Nuggets 105, Rockets 95: Ty Lawson had 21 points, and visiting Denver pulled away in the third quarter against Houston. The Nuggets converted 28 points off 23 Rockets turnovers. James Harden had 23 points for Houston, which has lost eight of nine. Jeremy Lin watched the fourth quarter from the bench. Rockets coach Kevin McHale also yanked him at the end of Monday's 100-94 win in Charlotte. "Jeremy's fine," McHale said. "We're just looking for some stuff. It wasn't anything."
Heat 123, Raptors 116: Dwyane Wade had
Spurs 106, Hornets 102: Tony Parker had 24 points and 13 assists, and San Antonio rallied to beat New Orleans, overcoming the absence of Tim Duncan (sore knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (undisclosed illness) for its 15th straight home win. Kawhi Leonard (patella bruise) also sat out for the Spurs.
Trail Blazers 100, Pacers 80: LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points, and Portland snapped a six-game losing streak. Rookie Damian Lillard added 20 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who also stopped a four-game losing streak at home
Nets 91, Timberwolves 83: Brook Lopez scored 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping Brooklyn hold off host Minnesota. The Nets, who improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, never trailed. Lopez is the NBA's top scoring center at 18 points per game. He's also averaging 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
Suns 106, Kings 96: Luis Scola scored 21 points and Phoenix won its first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter. Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns outscored Sacramento 32-19.
Bulls 85, Pistons 82: Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a fourth-quarter comeback for host Chicago. The Bulls overcame a 17-point deficit.
Hawks 104, Bobcats 92: Josh Smith had 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Atlanta handed Charlotte its 16th straight home loss, three shy of the NBA record.
Jazz 92, Wizards 88: Paul Millsap had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help host Utah beat Washington. The Jazz led by 15 points entering the fourth quarter.
Bucks: Milwaukee extended general manager John Hammond's contract through the 2015-16 season.