Bryant's 30 points help Lakers edge Wizards 102-96

Bryant's 30 points help Lakers edge Wizards 102-96
December 14, 2012, 9:38 pm
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during the game against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on December 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)


WASHINGTON (AP) Straining to work out the kinks in an offense coach Mike D'Antoni compared to dancing with two left shoes, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers even struggled to put away the Washington Wizards.

A night after joking about wanting to face the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, Bryant scored 30 points, and reserve Jodie Meeks added 24, helping the Lakers beat the Wizards 102-96 on Friday to end a four-game losing streak.

Slowed by foul trouble, Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers improved to 10-14.

Cartier Martin scored a season-high 21 points for Washington, which fell to an NBA-worst 3-17.