Lakers 99, Wizards 92

Pau Gasol scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Kobe Bryant added 24 points to lead the Lakers past the Washington Wizards tonight at Staples Center and extend their winning streak to six consecutive games. The Lakers hardly missed a beat in the first game since Andrew Bynum suffered a strained left Achilles tendon. Ron Artest added 16 points and Shannon Brown scored 13 in a reserve role. Lamar Odom, who was moved into the starting lineup to replace Bynum, scored only four points but had 13 rebounds. Next: the Lakers begin a five-game trip Wednesday at San Antonio.

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