LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant’s entire 37-year-old body is aching for an ice bath and a day off just 10 games into his 20th NBA season.
Bryant still put in the extra effort necessary to make sure those 10 games weren’t the worst start to a season in Lakers history.
Bryant had 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to help Los Angeles beat the Detroit Pistons 97-85 Sunday night for its second win of the year.
Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who finished a six-game West Coast trip with their fourth consecutive loss.
Bryant went 6-for-19 from the field during a season-high 37 minutes, but finished with a season-high in assists. He stayed in until the Lakers’ win was assured, even though it meant he won’t play in the Lakers’ game in Phoenix on Monday to rest.
“We’ve got to get this win here at home,” Bryant said. “(But) right now, I’m barely standing up. My back and my legs, it’s killing me. I go home, and I’m looking forward to that ice bath and the stretch, and a full day of recovery tomorrow. . . . I’m not looking forward to walking to the car. Seriously.”
Jazz 97, Hawks 96
In Atlanta, Derrick Favors scored 23 points, and Rodney Hood added 20 points as Utah ended a three-game skid.
Paul Millsap had a season-high 28 points for the Hawks but failed to hit the rim on a 3-point attempt in the final minute and missed a 12-footer at the buzzer.
Celtics 100, Thunder 85
In Oklahoma City, Marcus Smart scored a career-high 26 points to help Boston beat the Thunder.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, Avery Bradley had 14 and Jared Sullinger added eight points and 15 rebounds to help the Celtics win their third in four games. Boston shot 48 percent and outrebounded the Thunder 47-34.
Hornets 106, Trail Blazers 94
In Charlotte, Nicolas Batum scored 33 points, Al Jefferson added 29 and the Hornets held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat Portland.
Kemba Walker added 14 points and Jeremy Lamb had 13 for Charlotte, which led 71-45 at halftime and by as many as 29 points midway through the third quarter.
Knicks 95, Pelicans 87
In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help the Knicks beat New Orleans.
Langston Galloway scored 15 points and fellow reserve Kevin Seraphin had 12 for New York, which was coming off consecutive losses to Charlotte and Cleveland. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Grizzlies 114, T-Wolves 106
In Minneapolis, Jeff Green scored a season-high 21 points, Mike Conley matched his season-high with 20 points to go with six assists and the Memphis held on to beat Minnesota.
Six players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who won their second straight after losing four in a row. Marc Gasol had 14 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, which shot a season-high 56.3 percent from the field.
Kings 107, Raptors 101
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Sacramento to its third straight win.
Rudy Gay had 26 points and Omri Casspi added 14 for Sacramento, which won despite committing 20 turnovers that led to 20 points. Rajon Rondo had seven points, 14 assists and seven rebounds.