Carmelo Anthony's sore right elbow will keep him out of the Denver Nuggets' next three games, the team and the forward said Monday.
"Right now is the best timing," Anthony said before Denver's game with Portland. "Get it over with, get the rest and depend on my teammates to go out there and have somebody step up."
Never miss a local story.
Anthony said he has two bone spurs — one in each elbow — and the team hopes resting him for a week will help.
"We're hoping it settles down and it's more tendinitis than structural," Coach George Karl said. "Everyone feels confident it's tendinitis."
Anthony has been hampered by the injury since training camp, and it's grown progressively worse.
Lakers 105, Grizzlies 96: Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and sparked a late rally to help Los Angeles snap a two-game losing streak.
The visiting Lakers trailed by 93-88 with 3:08 left, but closed the game on a 17-3 run, including 10 points from Bryant to overtake the Grizzlies down the stretch. His breakaway dunk as the horn sounded put an explanation point on the Lakers' win.
Spurs 101, Kings 85: Tony Parker committed five turnovers in the first 10 minutes but overcame the rough start by scoring 18 points to lead host San Antonio. Parker was 8-for-17 from the floor and added six assists in 28 minutes as San Antonio (17-10) won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Magic 113, Warriors 81: Jameer Nelson scored a career-high 22 points and had seven assists to help host Orlando rout Golden State.
Nelson, named NBA Player of the Week for the first time in his career earlier on Monday, was 9-for-9 from the field — including hitting four three-pointers. He had 13 points and four assists in the third period when the Magic blew open a close game with a 22-9 run.
Rockets 114, Nets 91: Yao Ming had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Aaron Brooks tied his career-high with 22 points as visiting Houston won its season-high fourth straight game.
Around the league
Celtics: Forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis will sit out at least one more game because of a car accident that left him with a concussion and whiplash. Davis was injured Sunday as he drove to the TD Banknorth Garden for a game. The cause of the accident was not known, but a major snowstorm made driving treacherous.
Spurs: San Antonio signed guard-forward Malik Hairston from their NBA Development League team.
Lakers: A doctor recommended surgery for guard Jordan Farmar, who hurt his left knee last week. The guard has a torn lateral meniscus. The team said Farmar has not decided whether to have the surgery.