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Okur's late three sinks Lakers

UTAH Jazz forward Mehmet Okur made a go-ahead three-pointer with 42 seconds left to help his team edge past the NBA-best Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 on Wednesday.

Deron Williams had a team-high 31 points and 11 assists and Okur tallied 22 and eight rebounds as the Jazz snapped the Lakers' seven-game winning streak in the last contest before both teams head into the All-Star Break.

"That's what I was waiting for. I knew it was coming to me so I was ready," Okur said about his decisive jump shot.

"It was a playoff type game in the last four minutes," he said. "Every game is a big game, especially after (the) All-Star Break."

In other National Basketball Association games, it was: Rockets 94, Kings 82; Nuggets 82, Magic 73; Cavaliers 109, Suns 92; Raptors 91, Spurs 89; 76ers 91, Grizzlies 87; Bobcats 101, Wizards 89; Hawks 99, Pistons 95; Bucks 122, Pacers 110; Celtics 89, Hornets 77; Trail Blazers 106, Thunder 92; and Clippers 128, Knicks 124 (in overtime).

In Salt Lake City, Utah, Kobe Bryant had nine of his 37 points in the game's final seven minutes. The All-Star guard converted on a steal and a layup to tie the game at 107 with 1:01 remaining.

Utah responded with a set-play that freed its seven-foot sharpshooter for a game-winning triple and the Jazz recorded their fourth win in five contests.

Utah held a 101-92 advantage with 5:58 remaining in the game before Los Angeles used a 13-3 spurt to go up 105-104 after a pull-up three by Bryant with 1:36 to go.

The Jazz (30-23) kept the ever-dangerous Lakers (42-10) in the contest by missing nine free throws in the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds, continuing to thrive while filling the hole left in the starting lineup by injured center Andrew Bynum, out with a knee injury.

The Lakers had swept to victory on their six-game road trip, including back-to-back wins over the two top Eastern Conference teams Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, before the game.

"We expect to win every game we play," Odom said. "So it makes you think about the games that slip away. That's why I'm clearly not feeling good about this."

The Jazz moved into eighth place in the competitive Western Conference with the win. They are still without injured starting forwards Carlos Boozer (knee) and Andrei Kirilenko (ankle).

In Houston, Yao Ming had 24 points and 18 rebounds as Houston again shone without the injured Tracy McGrady, defeating Sacramento.

Rafer Alston dished out a season-high 13 assists for the Rockets, who improved to 12-6 with McGrady out of the lineup this season. McGrady is nursing a sore left knee, the aftermath of offseason surgery.

The Rockets hardly needed McGrady against the woeful Kings, who had only 31 points in the middle two quarters.


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