Bryant’s back: Lakers beat Jazz 108-94

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—It took Kobe Bryant only a few minutes to end his shooting slump.

Bryant scored Los Angeles’ first 11 points and once his teammates joined in, the Lakers overwhelmed the Jazz 108-94 on Saturday night and moved within one game of advancing to the second round. Continue reading

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Lakers defeat Jazz 119-109 to take 2-0 series lead

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Utah Jazz played better and it still didn’t matter.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Lamar Odom had 19 off the bench in the Lakers’ 119-109 victory over the Jazz on Tuesday night, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round Western Conference playoff series. Continue reading

Lakers beat Jazz 113-100 to win playoff opener

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Pardon Phil Jackson’s lack of enthusiasm for how the Los Angeles Lakers played in the second half. They piled up 62 points on Utah in the first half, then got outscored over the final 24 minutes. “It wasn’t a coach’s delight, that’s for sure,” he said. But his players sure liked the outcome, a 113-100 victory over the Jazz in the teams’ playoff opener Sunday. Continue reading

Lakers beat Kings to move within half-game of Cavs

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—This fourth-quarter performance left the Los Angeles Lakers in a joking mood instead of a steamed one.

One game after nearly blowing a big lead to a lowly opponent, the Lakers had no problems closing out the NBA-worst Sacramento Kings in a 122-104 victory Tuesday night that moved them within a half-game of Cleveland for the best record in the NBA. Continue reading

Lakers notch 61st win—barely—over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Phil Jackson had warned the Lakers not to overlook the lowly Los Angeles Clippers. What he didn’t count on was his team’s errant offense.

Lamar Odom had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 18 points and the Lakers won 88-85 Sunday night to remain a game behind Cleveland for the NBA’s best record. Continue reading

Lakers pick up win No. 60

 

                   

LOS ANGELES (AP)—With six games left in the season and the Lakers already in the playoffs, Phil Jackson still won’t take his foot off the gas.

Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers picked up their 60th victory by beating the Houston Rockets 93-81 on Friday night. Continue reading

Andrew Bynum back at work

 

    

EL SEGUNDO – Now that all the fallout is over (is it really over?) from injured Laker center Andrew Bynum’s recent visit to the Playboy mansion, more important issues can be address.

Such as, when will Bynum’s right knee be healthy enough for him to return to action? Continue reading