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A pair of 10-0 runs by Los Angeles in the third quarter appeared to put the outcome beyond doubt.
The second spurt included eight consecutive points from Bryant, who hit a pair of free throws, a 12-foot step-back jumper -- with 4 minutes left in the quarter, it was Bryant's first field goal since the final 10 seconds of the opening period -- a 17-foot pull-up jumper, and then a tap-in off an alley-oop pass that made it 78-64.
On that last play, Bryant got knocked to the court. He stayed down on the baseline for a few moments, then moved around gingerly for a bit.
He stayed in, however, and kept scoring.
With Washington within five and 4 1/2 minutes left, Martell Webster was called for a foul on Bryant on a 3-point attempt, even though a replay appeared to show no contact.
Bryant made all three free throws, and the Lakers were on their way, awkward offense and all.
NOTES: Nene and Webster each scored 17 for the Wizards. ... Minus Gasol and Hill, D'Antoni gave F Devin Ebanks his first start of the season. ... Wall can "ramp things up" as he recovers from a stress injury to his left knee cap, coach Randy Wittman said, but there's still no specific timetable for his return. Wall was re-examined in New York by Dr. David Altchek, who said Wall is showing improvement but that there is still some irritation in the knee. Altchek said Wall has been treated with three lubricating injections. ... Booker also visited Altchek because of a strained right knee that has sidelined him since getting injured Nov. 19 in a game against the Indiana Pacers. Booker said he will get a platelet-rich plasma injection from a Wizards team doctor on Monday, then will need to sit out about a week before "building back up."
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