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Kobe Returns, Lakers still Loose

kobe-dirkDespite the return of Kobe Bryant, who had 19 points on 15 shots. The Lakers drop to 1-5 on the road and 1-8 on the season.

Kobe Bryant returned to action after missing the Lakers’ two previous games with a tight back. He hit his first three shots and finished with 19 points while playing a season-high 32:25.

Nowitzki and Bryant, both 37, exchanged smiles after Nowitzki spun under Bryant to score on an up-and-under layup during the second quarter. “It was just two old guys having fun,” Bryant said. “I was trying to catch him before he got too high because he’s too damn tall.” Said Nowitzki: “It’s always great to see him. He’s a legend.”

“I felt OK,” said Bryant, who was also bothered by an upset stomach on Thursday. “It’s frustrating … but I thought we took a step in the right direction.”

“He’s Kobe Bryant,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “The first 5 or 6 minutes, I was sitting there thinking I can’t believe this guy was sick the other day, back was hurting a couple days ago.”

The unlikely hero tonight for the Dallas Mavericks was Zaza Pachulia who led the team with 18 points and 16 rebounds. He picked up the slack for a struggling Dirk Nowitzki who shot 4-13 and only had 9 points. Dallas looked great defensively as they held the Lakers to 33 percent shooting on the night. The only bright spot tonight for the Lakers was that the young Jordan Clarkson had 21 points and shot the ball effeciently. The Lakers will look to end there four game losing streak Sunday against the much improved Detriot Pistons.

 

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