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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Kobe Bryant Leads L.A. To 103-89 Win In Andrew Bynum's Return

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 24 points, as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Washington Wizards, 103-89, at the Verizon Center. Lamar Odom scored 18 to go along with 10 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who have won five of six. Shannon Brown scored 16 in a reserve role for Los Angeles, which topped the Wizards, 115-108, on December 7.

Nick Young led Washington with 21 points, and JaVale McGee scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have dropped five straight. Gilbert Arenas and Al Thornton 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 John Wall (knee) and Andrey Blatche (knee) and lost forward Yi Jianlian (sprained knee) in the first quarter.

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