Saturday , Apr , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers’ Bryant sets franchise mark in win over Portland

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant netted 50 points and in the
process set the Lakers’ franchise record for points in a season, as Los
Angeles defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-99, at the Staples Center.

Bryant came into the contest with 2,704 points on the season, but his 50
points helped him surpass Elgin Baylor’s franchise mark of 2,719, set during
the 1962-63 campaign.

“I can’t take credit for what’s happening out there,” Bryant said. “I learned
it all by watching tapes of Elgin, Oscar Robertson and all the great players.
I stole everything and incorporated it into my game.”

Not to be out done, Lamar Odom recorded his second straight triple-double with
16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the Lakers, who have won three
straight and nine of 12.

“I hope I can keep it going and take it into the playoffs,” Odom said. “I’m
staying focused throughout the game. I’m trying to do the little things I need
to do to win games.”

The Lakers, who currently sit in the seventh playoff spot in the Western
Conference, can clinch a playoff spot with a win Sunday against Phoenix. Los
Angeles did not make the playoffs last season.

Kwame Brown added 20 points and nine boards in the win.

Martell Webster netted 18 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers, who have
lost 15 games in a row on the road and five in a row overall. Sebastian
Telfair added 15 points and seven assists for Portland.

The Trail Blazers were without Darius Miles after the enigmatic forward was
apparently asked to leave the team and return to Portland. The action was
taken after Miles removed his uniform and changed into his street clothes at
halftime of team’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

The Lakers doubled up Portland in the opening frame and led by 36-18 after the
quarter.

Down 10-4, a dunk by Brown sparked a 14-0 run that put the Lakers ahead 18-10
after a Luke Walton jumper with 4:45 to play in the first. Los Angeles later
netted the last 10 points of the frame en route to its 18-point edge.

Portland, though, outscored the Lakers 27-14 in the second to close to within
50-45.

Down 44-23, the Trail Blazers exploded with a 12-0 run that was capped after a
Juan Dixon jumper with 4:36 remaining to make it a 44-35 contest as Portland
got back into the game.

Nothing was settled in the third quarter with both teams netting 29 points and
the Lakers carrying a 79-74 lead into the fourth.

The Lakers created separation late in the fourth. Ahead by six at 96-90 after
a jumper by Portland’s Viktor Khryapa with 4:34 to play, the Lakers went off
from the free throw line.

Bryant and Brown combined to go 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to make it a
103-90 contest with 2:49 to go. Bryant later hit a jumper with 1:54 left to
give him 50 points and make the score 105-92.

It was Bryant’s sixth 50-plus point performance of the season and 11th of his
career.

Game Notes

The Lakers have won four in a row at home…Walton ended with six points and
seven assists…Dixon finished with 12 points…Portland turned the ball over
14 times in the game…The Trail Blazers shot 51.4 percent from the floor
while the Lakers shot 48.2 percent. However, LA shot 78.6 percent from the
free throw line.

LAL POR