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Howard leads Lakers, minus Kobe Bryant, past San Antonio | NBA

Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a win in their first game since losing Kobe Bryant for...

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LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a win in their first game since losing Kobe Bryant for the season, beating San Antonio 91-86 Sunday night to stay in position for a playoff berth.

Steve Blake scored 23 points for the Lakers (44-37), who lead Utah (42-38) by 1 ½ games for the eighth postseason spot in the Western Conference. Bryant limped off the Staples Center floor with a torn Achilles tendon Friday night.

Sunday's highlights

LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade had 22, and the Miami Heat set a franchise record (36-4) for home wins in a season, beating the Chicago Bulls 105-93.

Andre Iguodala scored 28 points and Denver set an NBA franchise record with its 55th win, beating visiting Portland 118-109 but losing another starter.

On the day Ty Lawson (right heel) returned to Denver's starting lineup for the first time since March 27, forward Kenneth Faried sprained his left ankle in the opening minutes while driving for a layup. X-rays were negative and the Nuggets said he is day to day.

Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and New York clinched the No. 2 seed in the East with a 90-80 victory over visiting Indiana.

Shawn Marion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 in becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points and visiting Dallas beat New Orleans 107-89.


• Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Doug Collins will not return next season as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins told management he wanted to leave after a season that has the Sixers stuck in ninth place.

• Michigan star Trey Burke made it official: He's leaving the Wolverines to enter the NBA draft. The move came as no surprise after Burke was voted The Associated Press national player of the year and led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore.

• Golden State guard Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for "verbal abuse" of an official.

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