Originally written December 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar Robertson, move over. Christmas has a new king. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points to become the NBA's career Christmas Day scoring leader, and he lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to their fifth straight win, a 100-94 victory over the New York Knicks at Staples Center. Los Angeles trailed 80-79 with nine minutes to play before Bryant sparked an 8-0 run, scoring six points, and the Lakers never trailed again. The Lakers held New York to 16 fourth-quarter points, limiting the Knicks to 6-of-16 shooting and forcing them into five turnovers in the final frame. "We played great team basketball tonight," Lakers center Dwight Howard said. "Defense was pretty good. Pick-and-roll defense -- they didn't get the lobs that they got last game. ... It's getting better. Stay together, stay focused, keep going hard in practice every single day -- that's been working for us." In a matchup of the NBA's top two scorers, No. 1 Bryant again...
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