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.
Afterward — and before his moment with Holder — Bryant was asked if he was excited about his team’s, um, one-game winning streak.
“I am, actually,” Bryant said with a loud laugh. “I am. I am. I’m very, very happy to win one ... game.”
NOTES: Nene also had 17 points for the Wizards. ... Minus Gasol and Hill, D’Antoni gave F Devin Ebanks his first start of the season. Ebanks had eight points, five rebounds and five fouls in 27 minutes. ... Wall can “ramp things up” as he recovers from a stress injury to his left knee cap, 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.
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