Wednesday, December 15, 2010



Los Angeles Lakers' Matt Barnes goes to the basket against Washington Wizards Kirk Hinrich during the fourth quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington on December 14, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

After taking Chicago Bulls jokes from Barack Obama Monday the Lakers took apart the Washington Wizards 103-89 on Tuesday in the nations capital. The exclamation point of this game was Kobe Bryant's 24 points. The star had 16 in the third as the Lakers took control of the game right before the fourth quarter. A 17-2 run, spearheaded by 12 straight points from the Mamba was too much bite for D.C. to handle. Sasha Vujacic suited up for the last time for the Lakers but did not play in the victory. He wont return to LA at the end of this road trip after being traded to New Jersey for Joe Smith. One guy who did play was Andrew Bynum who returned to the floor and form with 7 points in 17 minutes. The Washington fans laughed at Kobe as he uncharacteristically missed three straight free throws, still it was Kobe who had the last laugh. After that against the Wizards three was the magic number for Kobe. He went all De La Soul, as he faded away for 3, hit another and then was fouled on a following attempt. After this time sinking all three free throws, Bryant had one more from downtown in D.C. showing the Verizon crowd that you do not laugh in the face of a doberman without getting bit. Pau Gasol added a stellar 16 points, 9 boards and 7 dimes from his bag of tricks, while Lamar Odom doubled up on 18 points and 10 rebounds and Shannon Brown added 16. John Wall again sat out of the game, (maybe he should of taken Kobe's advice about wearing Nike's) as he joined Yi Jianlian and Andray Blatche chilling on the pine. Nick Young had 21 points for the Wizards but that wasn't enough magic to contain Hollywood and the leagues premier team. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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