Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 18

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 18 ===

(Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant had a great all-around game with 23 points,
11 assists and five steals to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-89 victory
over the visiting Clippers on Wednesday at the Staples Center.

Chucky Atkins added 17 points and dished out seven assists for the Lakers, who
have defeated their in-city rivals 14 of the last 15 times as the home team.
Chris Mihm chipped in 15 points while Caron Butler had 14 in the win.

The Lakers have defeated the Clippers in 27 of the last 30 meetings overall.
Lakers forward Slava Medvedenko, who hasn’t played this season because of a
bruised right heel, dressed for the first time, but did not play.

Bryant has scored 20 or more points in eight of the Lakers’ nine games this
season. After nine contests, Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring (27.7 ppg) and
assists (5.3 apg).

The Lakers are off until Friday when they visit Amare Stoudemire and the
Phoenix Suns. Last season, the Lakers won three of the four contests with the
Suns. Overall, the road team has won two straight and three of the last four
meetings in this series. The Lakers have won three straight after losing their
last four at Phoenix.