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ATLANTA---Arron Afflalo scored 26
points, and Victor Oladipo and
Andrew Nicholson added 18 each as
the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-
game road losing streak with a 109-
92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks
Al Horford and Jeff Teague each fin-
ished with 15 points for the Hawks,
who lost consecutive games for the
first time this season.
The Magic began the night having
lost four straight overall and five in a
row on the road. They won away from
Orlando for the first time since last
March 4 at New Orleans.
Nikola Vucevic grabbed 15 rebounds,
Jameer Nelson had 10 assists, and the
Magic got a combined 30 points from
Nicholson and E Twaun Moore off the
Washington s John Wall stayed hot
with 31 points and nine assists, and
Nene had a career high 30 as the Wiz-
ards downed Los Angeles 116-111 to
break the Lakers three-game winning
Wall scored more than 30 points for
the third straight game for the first
time in his career, with his 13 fourth-
quarter points coming in the final 4:40
to help Washington hold off Los Ange-
les. Wall was 10 for 18 from the field
and made 11 of 12 free throws.
Nene surpassed his previous career
best by two points on 13-for-22 shoot-
ing from the field. Martell Webster
added 20 points with four 3-pointers.
Jordan Farmar led the Lakers with
22 and Pau Gasol had 17.
At Toronto, Andray Blatche scored
24 points and Joe Johnson had 21 as
the Brooklyn Nets ended a five-game
losing streak by beating the Raptors
Paul Pierce scored 16 points and
Kevin Garnett had 12 as the Nets won
for the first time since beating Phoenix
on Nov. 15.
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points
and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors,
who lost a two-game winning streak.
The Golden State Warriors ended a
three-game losing streak by defeating
the New Orleans Pelicans 102-101 after
Klay Thompson scored 22 points and
equaled a career high with eight assists.
Eric Gordon had a chance to win it
for New Orleans with an open 3-point-
er from the left corner in the final sec-
onds, but the shot rimmed out and
Anthony Davis couldn t quite reach
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and
12 rebounds for New Orleans. Davis
finished with 14 points and 11
practice shorts and a sweatshirt,
Kobe Bryant looked as if he was
ready to return action.
After the Los Angeles Lakers
signed the fourth-leading scorer
in NBA history to a two-year con-
tract extension, Bryant said he
can t wait to play.
"The Lakers came up with the
structure --- a system and a plan
they thought was a win-win for
everybody involved. From my per-
spective, it was very easy to accept
it," Bryant said.
In what he says will probably
be his final contract, Bryant says
there was no negotiation.
Bryant s new deal is reportedly
worth $48.5 million, and it takes
him into his 20th season with the
He hasn t played this season
while recovering from surgery in
April on a torn Achilles tendon.
He won t play on this three-game
road trip, but he s looking forward
to three practices in the four days
off that precede Los Angeles game
in Sacramento on Dec. 6 as a pos-
"Those three days when we get
back are going to be huge," Bryant
said. "I need some more practices
to measure it and test it."
Rejecting criticism from those
who said that Bryant s contract
will hamper the Lakers from
adding another star, he said his
understanding was the team could
keep Pau Gasol, him and still pur-
sue someone else.
"From what I saw --- absolutely,"
Bryant said. "I think we ll be all
Bryant declined to specify
another star player he d like to
"We have the ability to do
something special. The Lakers are
a stand-up organization, and they
stepped up to the plate."
Bryant thanked Los Angeles for
sticking with him through the long
recovery from surgery. He said he
never contemplated ending his
storied playing career.
"It makes me want to run
through a wall for them," Bryant
said. "It kind of adds more fuel to
the fire to be able to prove to every-
body that they ve got it right ---
and everybody else is wrong."
Entering Tuesday s game against
the Wizards, the Lakers are just
7-7. Bryant is hoping he has his
old explosiveness, but admits he
may need to make some adjust-
ments. "If it s not there, I m ready
to adapt. I m ready to change that,
slow the tempo down, change up
the rhythm a little bit," Bryant said.
"I m willing and ready to adapt to
whatever my body is telling me."
As he nears the end of his career,
Bryant looked back on his rookie
year in 1996 when he was an 18-
year-old high schooler training in
Hawaii with the Lakers.
"That s a long time to be doing
anything," Bryant said. "It went
by so fast."
Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) is defended by Atlanta Hawks
guard Louis Williams (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on
Tuesday in Atlanta. Orlando won 109-92. AP PHOTO
Bryant happy with
extension, nears return
Afflalo, Magic end road
skid, 109-92 over Hawks
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