Washington, DC (Sports Network) -scored a game-high 24 points, as the topped the , 103-89, at the Verizon Center. scored 18 to go along with 10 rebounds, and added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who have won five of six. scored 16 in a reserve role for Los Angeles, which topped the Wizards, 115-108, on December 7.
led Washington with 21 points, and scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have dropped five straight. and both finished with 11 points in defeat. Washington held a 24-22 lead after a back-and-forth first quarter.
The Lakers opened up the second with a 10-0 run, and after a pair of Gasol free throws in the final minute the Lakers' lead was 55-42. Young responded with two straight baskets, but Gasol's jumper in the final second accounted for the 57-46 Los Angeles lead at the break. Young continued his consistency against the Lakers with 17 first half points.
The Lakers continued to widen the gap in the third quarter as a Bryant three- pointer at 3:56 made it an 80-64 game, and after a McGee layup, Bryant went on a nine-point outburst -- bookended with two more triples -- to push the Los Angeles lead to 23, 89-66, their largest of the game. The teams traded baskets in the final 1 1/2 minutes and the Lakers lead was 92-70 heading into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter was all but a formality as Bryant watched from the sidelines, while the Lakers' lead never fell below 14. The Lakers are now 3-1 on a seven-game road trip...Los Angeles has won nine straight in this series...The Wizards were without(knee) and Andrey Blatche (knee) and lost forward (sprained knee) in the first quarter.
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