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Bryant and Lakers take down Trail Blazers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant netted a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 from the floor as the Los Angeles Lakers thumped the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-87, on Friday at Staples Center.

Bryant added five rebounds and four assists, while Dwight Howard posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six of their last seven.

Pau Gasol scored 15 points and added nine rebounds, while Steve Nash handed out 10 assists to go with six points in the victory.

LaMarcus Aldridge hit 12-of-17 from the field for a team-high 26 points, while Damian Lillard gave 11 points and four assists for the Blazers, who have lost two of three on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

Will Barton scored 11 points and Nicolas Batum finished with 10 and eight assists in a losing effort.

12/29 01:05:33 ET

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