Kobe solid in victory against rival Celtics


Mark Kobe Bryant down for one more win on the parquet floor in Boston.

Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics 112-104 on Wednesday night.

Bryant played 33 minutes and recorded his first double-double of what he says is his final season. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points and Lou Williams had 19 as Los Angeles stopped a four-game slide.

It was Bryant’s 173rd career double-double. The crowd chanted “Kobe! Kobe!” in the final minute. He waved to the crowd as he walked down the runway to the locker room, with the fans cheering and chanting his name.

“I wish I could do more to show my gratitude to them,” said Bryant, who has an 11-12 record at Boston for his career, counting the postseason. “It’s a weird feeling walking across center court, looking down at that logo. I tried to cherish it as much as I can.”

The 37-year-old Bryant played in the NBA Finals against Boston in 2008 and 2010. The first one ended with a blowout win by the Celtics in TD Garden. Los Angeles captured the second at Staples Center in a seventh game.

“I can’t believe this is the last time I’m going to be here. It seems like just yesterday we were playing in the Finals,” he said.

Bryant received a huge ovation when he was announced for the starting lineup and touched his chest before waving to the fans.

“I think it should be like that. Everywhere that he goes,” Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. “He’s brought a lot to the NBA, and everyone respects what he does and what he did.”

Before Wednesday’s game, Bryant said losing in 2008 helped him discover the leader he needed to become.

“For the second half of my career, it’s the most important piece,” he said. “Because when we lost in 2008, that was the turn. That was when I said, ‘I have to figure this leadership thing out. I can’t go through this.’ “

Mavericks 114, Warriors 91

In Dallas, Golden State flopped without Stephen Curry, getting blown out for just its second loss of the season behind 23 points from Dallas’ J.J. Barea.

Curry missed his first game of the season with a lower left leg bruise that might keep the NBA’s leading scorer and reigning MVP out again Thursday at Houston. But the Warriors (29-2) still have the best 31-game start in NBA history, a game better than four teams.

Spurs 112, Suns 79

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs routed Phoenix for their 19th straight home win to start the season.

76ers 110, Kings 105

In Sacramento, Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3½ minutes and Jamari Grant made three late free throws for Philadelphia.

Bulls 102, Pacers 100 (OT)

In Chicago, Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Bulls beat Indiana despite playing without Derrick Rose.

Raptors 94, Wizards 91

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Raptors’ victory over Washington.

Clippers 122, Hornets 117

In Charlotte, J.J. Redick scored 26 points and Austin Rivers added a season-best 22.

Trail Blazers 110, Nuggets 103

In Portland, C.J. McCollum scored 29 points, Allen Crabbe had 20 and the Blazers earned their third consecutive victory.

Magic 100, Nets 93

In Orlando, Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds in the Magic’s comeback win.

Timberwolves 94, Jazz 80

In Minneapolis, rookie big man Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves.