The Los Angeles Lakers notched a 111-98 road victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, marking the first time in a month that the struggling squad has won two games in a row.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers on Sunday with 34 points, hitting 12 of 21 from the field, including two 3-pointers.

Metta World Peace was also a major presence for L.A., racking up 19 points and a career-best 16 rebounds.

The Toronto Raptors won at home 103-96 over the Houston Rockets, thanks to Spanish guard Jose Manuel Calderon's 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.

Calderon also prevailed in the individual matchup with last year's sensation, Jeremy Lin, as he powered the Raptors to their first back-to-back wins of the 2012-2013 season.

In other action, the Denver Nuggets thumped the Kings in Sacramento by a margin of 122-91, led by JaVale McGee's 19 points, while Portland rookie guard Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds in regulation to give the Trail Blazers a 95-94 victory over the visiting New Orleans Hornets. EFE