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LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved the NBA's best record to 11-1 with a 118-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

All five Lakers starters reached double figures in points by the third quarter, and eight players finished with 10 or more as the defending Western Conference champions won for the fourth straight time since losing to Detroit at home.

John Salmons led Sacramento with 24 points, and reserve Bobby Brown added 21. Kevin Martin was sidelined for the eighth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle, and Mikki Moore missed his fourth straight because of a sprained right ankle.

NUGGETS 114, BULLS 101: At Denver, Kenyon Martin scored 26 points, Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls. Chauncey Billups and Nene also added 21 points as Denver moved to 8-2 since the acquisition of Billups.

Trailing 99-96 with just over 5 minutes remaining, the Nuggets went on a 13-0 run, fueled by a 3-pointer and dunk by Anthony, to seal their fifth straight win at home.

CELTICS 118, RAPTORS 103: At Toronto, Ray Allen scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics led from the start in winning their fifth straight game.

Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen each scored 15 points for the Celtics, who have won 11 of 12 since a Nov. 1 loss to Indiana.

Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and Paul Pierce and Eddie House each scored 11 in helping Boston score a season high. Its previous best was 110 points in a Nov. 18 victory over New York.

TIMBERWOLVES 106, PISTONS 80: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Randy Foye had 23 points and a career-high 14 assists, and Minnesota beat Detroit for its first road victory of the season.

Minnesota came into the game with a 2-9 record, including 0-5 on the road, but dominated the lethargic Pistons, who have lost three of four. Detroit fell to 4-5 since Allen Iverson joined the team on Nov. 7.

Ryan Gomes added 20 points for Minnesota, while Al Jefferson had 19 points and reserve Craig Smith scored 16.

76ERS 89, WARRIORS 81: At Philadelphia, Elton Brand had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Iguodala added 15 points and Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time this season by beating Golden State.

Thaddeus Young contributed 12 points and Samuel Dalembert had 16 rebounds for the Sixers, who improved to 7-6 and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Warriors.

Kelenna Azubuike scored 16 while C.J. Watson and Stephen Jackson had 12 apiece for Golden State, which dropped its second in a row. The high-flying Warriors were held well below the NBA-leading 105.4 points they were averaging before the game.