Friday , Dec , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 17

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 17 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers begin a season-high six-game
homestand tonight against the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. LA
will also host the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, Miami Heat, Toronto
Raptors and Denver Nuggets.

On Thursday, Kobe Bryant tallied 31 points, 12 assists and six rebounds to
lead the Lakers to a 115-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.
Lamar Odom added 22 points for the Lakers, who have won three of their last
four. Brian Cook contributed 12 points and seven boards in the victory.

Lakers center Vlade Divac, in his second tour of duty with Los Angeles, played
against his former team at ARCO for the first time since re-joining the Lakers
in the offseason. Divac spent six seasons with the Kings and played just three
scoreless minutes in the victory.

Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.5 assists in his last 10
games.

The Lakers, who have won three of their last four at home, are 8-3 as the host
this season.

Last season, the Lakers swept their two contests with the Wizards. Overall,
the Lakers have won three straight and seven of the last eight meetings in
this series.

LAL