Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 25 points in the final two minutes and the Los Angeles Lakers made Mike D'Antoni's coaching debut a successful one on Tuesday night with a 95-90 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets.
Dwight Howard had 23 points with 15 rebounds but made just 7-of-19 free throws, while Spaniard Pau Gasol finished with 17 and 11 boards for the Lakers (6-5), who have won five of six after starting 1-4 under fired coach Mike Brown.
Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 with 10 assists for Brooklyn, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Elsewhere Carmelo Anthony tossed in 29 points and the visiting New York Knicks used a dominant 30-16 third quarter to squash the short-handed New Orleans Hornets 102-80.
Raymond Felton had 15 points on five threes and JR Smith also chipped in with 15 for league-best New York (8-1), who won their second in a row following a lone loss at Memphis on Friday night.
Ryan Anderson tallied 15 points for the Hornets, who without top rookie Anthony Davis (ankle injury), lost their fourth in a row.
In the day's other game Nick Young scored 23 points, Jason Richardson had six of his 21 during a decisive 8-0 run in the final two minutes as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 106-98 for their third straight win.
Jrue Holiday added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while Thaddeus Young netted 18 for the Sixers, who outscored their guests 33-18 in the final frame.
DeMar DeRozan netted 24 points, Italy's Andrea Bargnani had 22 while Spaniard Jose Calderon contributed 13 with 12 assists for the Raptors, who have dropped six of the last seven meetings in the series.