WASHINGTON (AP) -Kobe Bryant outscored the Washington Wizards all by himself in the first quarter Sunday. Then he let his Los Angeles Lakers teammates in on the fun.
Bryant put up 19 points in the opening period on his way to finishing with 30 on 10-of-15 shooting, and the Lakers had no need for the newly acquired Pau Gasol in a 103-91 victory over the Wizards.
Gasol, the 7-foot Spaniard who came over from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade Friday, sat on the sideline in a pinstriped suit jacket, listening to tips on the Lakers' triangle offense from assistant coach Brian Shaw.
The Lakers compiled 27 assists on 41 field goals, with Vladimir Radmanovic scoring 15 points, Lamar Odom 14, and Ronny Turiaf 13.
Antawn Jamison led Washington with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Washington's All-Star representative, Caron Butler, returned from a three-game injury absence and scored 15.
Pistons 90, Mavericks 67
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Rasheed Wallace backed up his talk with 21 points and nine rebounds, leading the Detroit over Dallas.
Wallace said the Pistons had to take advantage of the undersized Mavericks by going inside, and he did.
Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points on 3-of-18 shooting and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had their lowest scoring game of the season and worst shooting performance at 30 percent.
Tayshaun Prince scored 16 and Richard Hamilton scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Pistons.
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