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NBA: Bryant to miss remainder of season for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the NBA season because of a nagging left knee injury, the team announced Wednesday. The 35-year-old, who inspired the Lakers to five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010 and the United States capture Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, has been recovering from a left knee fracture. "Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I've received from the Lakers and the fans and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp," Bryant said.

Lakers 114, Thunder 110

Lakers 114, Thunder 110: Jodie Meeks scored 20 of his career-high 42 points in the third quarter as host Los Angeles rebounded from an 18-point second-quarter deficit to stun Oklahoma City. Meeks was 6-of-11 from 3-point range and hit all 14 of his free throws as the Lakers halted a three-game skid in which they allowed an average of 136 points. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan Farmar and Ryan Kelly scored 12 points apiece.

Celtics 118, Pistons 111

(Updated: ADDS that Humphries point total is a season best in Para 2 DELETES second part of Drummond note in Game Notebook) Celtics 118, Pistons 111: Jeff Green scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo added 11 to go along with a season-high 18 assists as Boston defeated visiting Detroit.

NBA: Nuggets take the boots to struggling Lakers

The Denver Nuggets took their head coach Brian Shaw's advice and tried to run up the score against the hapless Los Angeles Lakers late Friday at the Pepsi Center. While they didn't quite hit their lofty goal of 160 points, they still managed to manhandle the last-place Lakers 134-126, guaranteeing Los Angeles will suffer their first losing season since 2004-05 when Shaw was their assistant coach. "Coach said he wanted to score 40 a quarter, so he was pretty excited," said Denver's Ty Lawson. "Actually, he was bummed because he said he wanted to get 160."

Preview: Lakers at Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers experienced the largest defeat in franchise history on Thursday and attempt to bounce back when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Friday. The Lakers were drilled 142-94 by the Los Angeles Clippers on the first end of the back-to-back and the 48-point loss replaces a 46-point defeat against Portland on Jan. 9, 1995, as the worst setback in the franchise’s storied history. Denver scored 137 points in a 22-point win over Los Angeles on Jan. 5.

Clippers 142, Lakers 94

(Updated: ADDS that Lakers committed 22 turnovers and were outrebounded 64-33 in Para 5) Clippers 142, Lakers 94: Darren Collison scored 24 points and Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the host Clippers posted the largest margin of victory in franchise history and also handed the Lakers their worst loss.

Farmar, Brooks, hot shooting carry Lakers

Farmar, Brooks, hot shooting carry Lakers LOS ANGELES -- Point guard Jordan Farmar and forward MarShon Brooks were teammates in New Jersey, and on a Los Angeles Lakers roster consisting mostly of strangers this season, the previous connection worked out well on Friday night in a 126-122 come-from-behind victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center.

Preview: Kings at Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have rarely been in a situation where they need to win their way out of the basement, but the 2013-14 season is a new experience for the franchise. The Lakers will attempt to gain a game on the Sacramento Kings when they host the division rivals on Friday. Los Angeles has dropped three straight to dip 1 1/2 games behind the Kings and into sole possession of last place in the Western Conference.

Preview: Bucks at Pacers

The Indiana Pacers look to continue their recent dominance of the Milwaukee Bucks when they host the second meeting between the teams in six nights on Thursday. A 32-point performance from Paul George and 30 more from David West lifted Indiana to a 110-100 win at Milwaukee on Saturday, the Pacers' fourth straight win in the series and their ninth in the last 11 matchups. George then led a balanced attack with 20 points in a 118-98 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

NBA: George powers Pacers over Lakers

Indiana's Paul George scored 20 points while contributing seven rebounds and six assists to spark the NBA-leading Pacers over the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 on Tuesday. The Pacers improved to 43-13, staying just ahead of Oklahoma City (43-14) for the league's best record, while the Lakers fell to 19-38, the worst mark in the Western Conference. Evan Turner, making his Indiana debut after being obtained from Philadelphia at the NBA trade deadline, came off the bench to score 13 for the Pacers while Lance Stephenson added 13 points and nine rebounds for the winners.
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