Originally written January 16, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- Give credit to the ice running through his veins for Kobe Bryant's offensive prowess in his 17th NBA season. He does, after all, lead the league in scoring. But Bryant credits something else for his defense on Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, on Tuesday night. Still ice, just not in his veins. The Los Angeles Lakers put the clamps on the Milwaukee backcourt, and Bryant and Dwight Howard each scored 31 points in a 104-88 win over the Bucks at Staples Center. The Lakers won their second consecutive game by ratcheting up the defensive effort, a task that plagued the team during its recent six-game losing streak and for much of the season. Two days after holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to 41 percent shooting while leading by as much as 30 in a 20-point win at Staples Center, the Lakers held Milwaukee to 35.8 percent shooting (34-for-95). The Bucks shot just 7-for-28 from 3-point range, including a combin...
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