Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
Game 2: Friday, January 6th

76ers 93

(16-17, 6-12 away)

Lakers 119

(16-16, 7-8 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 22 30 23 1893
LAL 37 30 27 25119

Top Performers

Phi: A. Iverson 31 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

LAL: K. Bryant 48 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Kobe scores 48 in return from suspension as Lakers roll

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had a perfect game beyond the arc to take over the NBA scoring lead, and the Los Angeles Lakers saved coach Phil Jackson from a dubious milestone.

Back from a two-game suspension, Bryant made all seven of his 3-point shots and scored 48 points Friday night in a 119-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

He moved a fraction ahead of the 76ers' Allen Iverson, who had 31 points, in the NBA scoring race. Bryant raised his average to 33.166 a game to Iverson's 33.090.

The win halted the Lakers' five-game losing streak and prevented Jackson from losing six straight for the first time in his 15 seasons as an NBA coach.

"Our spacing was good, which made it very difficult to corral me," Bryant said. "When they did, we were able to swing the ball and get open opportunities for everybody else."

Smush Parker joined his teammate in popping from outside, going 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and scoring a career-high 24 points.

"Kobe was hot shooting, making fadeaway jump shots from 25 feet away," Parker said. "It was good to have Kobe back. We got a brief taste of life without Kobe and we definitely missed him."

Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks is used to Bryant's shooting show.

"Kobe makes shots, we kept saying they were incredible shots and for most people they are," Cheeks said. "But for Kobe, I don't think they were incredible. He does things like that on an everyday basis."

Lamar Odom had a career-high 12 assists to go with eight points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles.

"Lamar is such a great facilitator, he takes a load off my shoulders so I don't have to facilitate, I can just focus on putting the ball in the basket," Bryant said.

He was suspended without pay for two games for elbowing Memphis' Mike Miller in the throat during the Lakers' 100-99 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Dec. 30.

Iverson didn't get a whole lot of help from his teammates, with Andre Iguodala scoring 14 points, and Chris Webber and Kyle Korver 12 apiece.

"We don't have an identity as far as how we play on the defensive end," Iverson said. "We always score, so it's obvious our problem is in other areas."

Bryant sat out most of the fourth quarter of the lopsided victory and went 19-of-29. Iverson made 11-of-22.

The Lakers, up by 15 at the end of each of the first two periods, maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half.

The Lakers shot 59 percent for the game, including 13-of-20 from 3-point range, to the 76ers' 42 percent. Philadelphia was 2-for-10 on 3-pointers. ^Notes:@ Iverson has four scoring titles and no NBA championship rings. Bryant has no scoring titles and three rings. "I'd trade all of 'em for one of his rings," Iverson said. "People think I care about something like scoring titles because of the way I compete and the way I score night in and night out. I don't want to just be a scorer. I want to be a winner." ... Bryant is pleased the Lakers will be the Hornets' opponent in their first game back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. "It's going to be fun. I don't know where they are right now, as far as their recovery process is," Bryant said. "You can always rebuild buildings, but it's about the people and their emotions." That game, one of three the Hornets have scheduled for New Orleans Arena, is March 8.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 93 119
FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 48-82 (.585)
3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 13-20 (.650)
FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 10-18 (.556)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-32 10-43
Assists 15 25
Turnovers 18 20
Steals 6 8
Blocks 7 5
Fast Break Points 8 17
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (2/0)
Largest Lead 0 26

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 31
Reb: 1
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 48
Reb: 10
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 0