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Apr 16th 2012, 02:13

Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and the host Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant, 112-108, over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Andrew Bynum, who had 23 points, battling Vince Carter, left, and Brendan Haywood.

Kobe Bryant sat out for the 100th time in 16 seasons, but for the fifth game in a row.

Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who are 4-1 while Bryant rests a bruised shin.

Los Angeles finished off a four-game season sweep of the defending champion Mavericks, who swept the Lakers out of last season's playoffs. The Lakers boosted their lead over the Clippers atop the Pacific Division to one and a half games.

The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 14 rebounds.

MAGIC 100, CAVALIERS 84 Jameer Nelson scored 21 points as Orlando clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference by winning at Cleveland.

The Magic never trailed despite playing without center Dwight Howard, who has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back. Coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game he was preparing to play the rest of the regular season and the playoffs without Howard.

Glen Davis, who had played well at center with Howard sidelined, sustained a sprained right knee in the first quarter and did not return.

Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 21 points.

CELTICS 94, BOBCATS 82 Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists to help Boston win despite playing without Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who were given a rest and did not make the trip to Charlotte. Aaron Bradley and Brandon Bass each scored 22 points for the Celtics.

Gerald Henderson had 22 points for the Bobcats, who lost their 16th straight, tying a franchise record set this season.

NUGGETS 101, ROCKETS 86 Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, leading host Denver to a win in the opener of a crucial home-and-home set between playoff hopefuls.

With the win, the Nuggets took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Dallas.

KINGS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 103 DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each had 20 for visiting Sacramento, which rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Portland.

Wes Matthews made a career-high eight 3-pointers and had 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who made 16 of 32 3-point attempts.

RAPTORS 102, HAWKS 86 DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as injury-riddled Toronto beat host Atlanta. Alan Anderson added 16 points for the Raptors.

Josh Smith scored 26 points for the Hawks, 12 in the first quarter.

BULLS 100, PISTONS 94 Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and visiting Chicago beat Detroit for the 15th straight time, in overtime.

Rodney Stuckey scored 32 points for the Pistons.

HORNETS 88, GRIZZLIES 75 Eric Gordon scored 18 points to lead host New Orleans over Memphis.

A version of this article appeared in print on April 16, 2012, on page D5 of the New York edition with the headline: Bynum Powers Lakers Past Mavericks.

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