BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Kwame Brown scored 19 points,
including two free throws with 29 seconds remaining in overtime,
Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Washington
Wizards 111-108 in an exhibition game at Rabobank Arena.
Caron Butler, who was traded to the Wizards during the offseason
in a deal that brought Brown to the Lakers, scored 19 points for
The Lakers jumped out to a six-point lead in overtime before
Chucky Atkins, who was also sent to Washington as part of the
Brown-Butler deal, hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 108-105.
Donell Taylor's 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 109-108 with 29
seconds left before Brown rebounded a missed Bryant shot and was
fouled on the putback. After his free throws put the Lakers ahead
111-108, Bryant stole the inbounds pass to clinch the win.
Washington led 59-55 at the half and was ahead 97-90 with just
under five minutes in regulation before the Lakers rallied to tie
it 99-99 at the end of regulation.
Early foul trouble kept Los Angeles' big men from being a factor
for much of the game. Lamar Odom and Chris Mihm both had five fouls
before the midway point of the third quarter and Odom fouled out
with 1:31 left in overtime.
Brendan Haywood led all rebounders with 12. Odom had eight for