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Bryant scores 30 points, Lakers beat Pistons

KOBE Bryant scored 30 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers score the last 20 points of the third quarter in a 92-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons yesterday.

The Western Conference-leading Lakers have won four straight games to pull within a victory of Cleveland's NBA-high total of 58, and five in a row on the road for a league-high 26.

Detroit reserve Will Bynum had career highs with 25 points and 11 assists and helped the Pistons outscore the Lakers 30-14 in the second quarter to lead 42-39.

The Pistons built a 10-point lead early in the second half and were ahead by five midway through the third quarter when Bryant made a layup and Trevor Ariza had consecutive putback dunks to spark a 20-0 run. The Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak at The Palace, including three losses in the 2004 NBA Finals.

Bulls 106, Heat 87

At Chicago, John Salmons scored 27 points as Chicago beat Miami for its sixth win in seven games and moved into a seventh-place tie with Detroit in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 32-14. Salmons scored 13 points in the period as the Bulls turned a two-point deficit into a 79-63 lead and sent the Heat to their fifth loss in seven games.

Miami star Dwyane Wade scored 31 points after hitting just five of 24 shots the previous night in a loss at Indiana.

Trail Blazers 129, Suns 109

At Portland, Oregon, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds to help Portland end Phoenix's winning streak at six.

Brandon Roy added 26 points and nine rebounds for Portland. Shaquille O'Neal led the Suns with 20 points and seven rebounds. Phoenix, making a late push for the playoffs, is ninth in the Western Conference - 3 1/2 games behind Dallas.


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