Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)
Series starts 11/26
(37-20, 15-15 away)
(18-39, 12-17 home)
3:30 PM ET, February 28, 2004
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Los Angeles: K. Bryant 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl
Washington: G. Arenas 35 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to help the
Los Angeles Lakers close out their preseason with a 97-87 win over
the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
The Lakers trailed by a point with under eight minutes remaining
before finishing with a 25-14 run.
Larry Hughes led Washington with 15 points. Kwame Brown, the
Wizards' leading rebounder last season, was out again with a broken
right foot. He will see an orthopedist Friday.
Washington coach Eddie Jordan was ejected with 1:02 remaining in
the third quarter after arguing Jarvis Hayes was fouled.
Lamar Odom had 16 points. Tierre Brown and Jumaine Jones had 12
each for the Lakers.
Los Angeles (6-2) will open the regular season Tuesday night at
home against Denver. The Wizards finished the preseason at 3-5 and
will begin the regular season next Wednesday at Memphis.