L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant outscored the Washington Wizards all by himself in the first quarter Sunday. Then he let his Lakers teammates in on the fun.
Bryant put up 19 points in the opening period on his way to finishing with 30 on 10-of-15 shooting, and the Lakers had no need for the newly acquired Pau Gasol in a 103-91 victory over the Wizards.
Gasol, the 7-foot Spaniard who came over from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade Friday, sat on the sideline in a pinstriped suit jacket, listening to tips on the Lakers’ triangle offense from assistant coach Brian Shaw.
The 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year’s new teammates put on quite a clinic, too, repeatedly making the extra pass to find wide-open looks at the basket. The Lakers compiled 27 assists on 41 field goals, with Vladimir Radmanovic scoring 15 points, Lamar Odom 14, and Ronny Turiaf 13.
None, though, provided anything as spectacular as Bryant.
His every move greeted by a mix of boos and cheers from the sellout crowd of 20,173, Bryant mixed baseline drives and finger rolls with midrange jumpers and 3-pointers, including one as he curled around a screen in the fourth quarter.