ATLANTA – Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, including two drives to spark a 14-2 second-half run, and the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled Atlanta’s home opener, beating the Hawks 103-97. Bryant topped the 30-point mark for the fourth straight game and had 37 for the second straight game – right on his NBA-best average of 36.3.

On a night the Philips Arena game clock and shot clock rarely worked, the public address announcer had to call out the scores. After a close first half, Hawks fans didn’t like what they heard.

Grizzlies 94, SuperSonics 69

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Shane Battier and Pau Gasol each scored 20 points and sparked a third-quarter rally to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 94-69 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Battier scored 13 points in the third quarter as Memphis built its lead to 68-51. Battier outscored the Sonics by himself until the final minute of the period. Meanwhile, Gasol had 10 in the quarter which Memphis closed with a 10-2 run. The win gave the Grizzlies (3-1) their second-best start in franchis history They were 4-1 to open the 2000-2001 season

Warriors 110, Bucks 103

MILWAUKEE – Baron Davis showed T.J. Ford that he’s still got a lot to learn at point guard – and the Milwaukee Bucks found out they have trouble defending the 3-point shot.

Davis had 20 points and 15 assists and the Golden State Warriors went 13-of-27 from 3-point range in a 110-103 victory.

Troy Murphy scored 25 points – including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc – and Jason Richardson added 23 for the Warriors (3-1).

Magic 76, Rockets 74

HOUSTON – Steve Francis broke into a smile in the final seconds of the Orlando Magic’s 76-74 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Yeah, it was definitely sweet to beat his former team.

Francis scored 27 points and had two assists to Jameer Nelson in the final two minutes as the Magic won for the first time in four games.

2000-01 season.

It also snapped a six-game losing streak to the Sonics, who had won five straight in Memphis.

Mike Miller added 14 points for the Grizzlies and Eddie Jones had 10.


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