Kobe scores 32 as Lakers beat up-and-down Sixers

L.A. Times: Reporting from Philadelphia — The Lakers healed the “psychological and physical wounds” their coach said they inflicted upon themselves when L.A. blew a 16-point lead to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night.

A 114-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night at Wachovia Center left the Lakers in a better mood and feeling better about themselves.

This time, the Lakers didn’t blow a lead. They built a 19-point cushion and held strong until the end to improve to 15-2.

Kobe Bryant, who attended Lower Merion High, which is about 30 minutes from here, led the Lakers with 32 points.

Pau Gasol had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Andrew Bynum had 18 points.

Former Clipper Elton Brand had just three points. He was 1-for-7 from the field.

The Lakers pushed their lead to 83-64 in the third because of a steal by Bryant and then because of his brashness.

Bryant stepped into the passing lane and tipped the ball off Willie Green, the basketball rolling downcourt.

Bryant chased the ball down near the three-point line, gathered himself and shot and drilled a three-pointer with no Laker under the basket for a rebound.

In fact, no Laker had even crossed half court when Bryant shot the basketball.

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  • kobe124

    They bounced back with an alright game.
    Ariza’s MONSTER DUNK!!!!

  • myriam

    i’m just curious cause i don’t have a chance to watch the game live
    did any one hear some boos in the crowd. I’m not surprise to hear KOBE shots 32 points Go Lakers!!!!!

  • LakeShowTime

    hahhaha i guess we saw what happens when you boo kobe…

    dont worry though, by the end there were MVP chants and a lot of applauding

  • Alekz

    I’m pretty sure I saw Pau by the time Kobe shot the ball, but whatever.

  • e

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    yeah he was there…its just another journalist who wants to bash kobe’s image…i guess its hard to break old habits

  • heyho

    yeah, there was pau under the basket

  • as1084

    no post-game??? trevor is a BEAST!! ill take him over odom any day!

  • LAkers=championship

    i will send someone lakers tickets if they tell me how to watch games online for free
    plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i need help

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    The writer states and I quote:

    “The Lakers pushed their lead to 83-64 in the third because of a steal by Bryant and then because of his brashness.”
    “Bryant stepped into the passing lane and tipped the ball off Willie Green, the basketball rolling downcourt.”
    “Bryant chased the ball down near the three-point line, gathered himself and shot and drilled a three-pointer with no Laker under the basket for a rebound.”
    “In fact, no Laker had even crossed half court when Bryant shot the basketball.”

    I say: “What is the point of this weak, if not useless attempt; to misconstrue the depicted facts?”

    Why would it be brash for any GOOD shooter to pass up a wide-open “Short” Three-point-shot attempt, in order for a teammate to get under the basket, having no guarantee of the rebound; regardless, and at the same time, allow their opponent time to catch up and possibly thwart or contest the wide-open-take-your-time-trey! …Any one that would state something like this, obviously, does not know what it’s like to compete in a full court, high level basketball game! …The % of those types of shots, finding the bottom of the net, is not that much lower, than that shooters free-throw %.

  • nabil

    Yeah, weird take there by the writer. Anyways, just happy to have the lakers get back to their winning ways.

    I see two glaring weekness on this team- the starting 3 spot (Radman), and the point guards’ defense. Point guards playing against us regularly have season and even career bests nights, and very rarely perform at or below their statistical average.

    I hate to say this, but I don’t see this team winning a chip with Radman starting. I think it’s time to trade his ass out of town. He’s the last laker that really needs to go.

  • yo

    102 points… not good. the celtics keep holding opponents down… the lakers need to improve their D

  • T.A.

    Wrong!

    Radman is a good FIT for this laker team.

    He is a deadly shooter, and he is good enough for Odom to come off the bench

    I dont really see any weakness on this team.

    When they lose, it has been because they beat themselves

  • e-bucher

    defense is a weakness

  • X17

    And if it wasnt for KB24 Lakers would not of won that game. Oh and Andrew Bynum shuold shut up and be man and stop complaining about be subed-out i never did when my teammates were doing better than me….

  • purple’n'gold

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    here the link to watch games online,
    http://www.justin.tv/directory?category=sports
    just go to the baskeball section and usually someone is broadcasting the lakers games, i hope this help. now about the tickets let me give you my adress,lol.

  • purple’n'gold

    andrew bynum’s running in the paint dunk was sick as well. now to washington to beat the wizards and the former laker caron butler.

  • LakersLivefromDC

    I can’t stand ESPN ’cause I just watched the game on YOUTUBE and the whole was nuthin’ but highlights…and they only showed Kobe’s(only showed 2 of his but LBJ got like 7).What about Bynum sick dunk like Purple’n'Gold said and Ariza’s put back off of LO’s miss,Farmar’s alley oop to Bynum,Kobe’s pass to Gasol,etc.

    ESPNSUCKS.com,I do like the trade machine…Vlad for Gerald Wallace.

  • http://www.deluxpro.com VIVA

    Yeah. Lakers lose when they beat themselves.

  • LakersLivefromDC
  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Forget it! …It’s never going to happen big time for Kobe, on espn… It’s more than obvious; Mama’s (espn) darling boy is Lebron… He can do no wrong in espn’s eyes… Across the board biased legislation, & favoritism, that’s all! …Especially, when it comes directly from the mouth of that FrankenSTEIN Dude.