Laker Duo Has the Magic in Orlando

Clippers get rare road win at Toronto; Kidd leads NJ past Bobcats
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 10:01 PM CST
Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, left, of Spain grabs a rebound in front of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 8,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant hit two free throws inside a minute left and host Orlando went cold down the stretch, missing five straight shots in a 117-113 Lakers victory. The sellout crowd, which included Tiger Woods, saw Bryant's new sidekick, Pau Gasol, net 30 as LA overcame a 44-point first-period explosion from the Magic. Dwight Howard scored 19 in the loss. Elsewhere:

  • The other LA team, the Clippers, got their second road win in 11 tries, 102-98 in Toronto, led by Corey Magette's 35 points. Raptors guard T.J. Ford drew a loud ovation in his first home action since a head injury in December.
  • Jason Kidd had his league-best 12th triple-double of the season as the Nets hammered hapless Charlotte.