Originally written December 29, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 14 rebounds as the host Los Angeles Lakers cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 104-87 Friday night at the Staples Center. The Lakers (15-15) took a 22-point lead into the fourth quarter en route to their sixth win in seven games. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points for Portland (14-13), which lost for just the second time in eight games. The Lakers shot 46.5 percent (40-for-86). Paul Gasol was an efficient 6-for-9, including 2-for-3 on 3-pointers, to finish with 15 points. Bryant made nine of 18 shots, and Howard hit seven of 13. Los Angeles was not effective from the free-throw line, making just 60.7 percent (17 of 28). Portland shot 41.4 percent (36 of 87) from the floor, led by Aldridge's 12-for-17 performance. The Blazers made 75 percent of their free throws on 12-of-16 shooting. The Lakers won the rebounding battle 52-44. The teams combined for just 20 turnovers. The Lakers never traile...
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