Lakers win back-to-back to reach the .500 mark

TORONTO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers didn't even need Kobe
Bryant or Lamar Odom to play in the fourth quarter to beat the
woeful Toronto Raptors.

Odom scored 19 points, and Los Angeles beat Toronto 102-91
Wednesday night despite Bryant's lowest-scoring game of the season.

Bryant sat out the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points
for the Lakers, who put the game out of reach by outscoring Toronto
31-18 in the third quarter.

"It was really good for us to be able to rest," said Bryant,
whose team opened a six-game road trip the night before.

Luke Walton added a season-high 13 points and six rebounds for
the Lakers, who have won a season-high three straight.

Odom said the win will make for an enjoyable off day in Chicago
on Thursday.

"We get to have a light practice, lift a little weights, have a
steak and relax a little bit," Odom said.

Los Angeles won at Milwaukee on Tuesday night and didn't get to
its hotel until 3 a.m. But the Lakers outrebounded Toronto 48-33
and shot 54 percent, compared to 41 for Toronto.

"The two teams were both tired, but we were able to ride a
little energy in the second half," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson
said. "We were able to build a lead that was tough to overcome."

Chris Bosh had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who
fell to 3-17.

Bosh sounded more frustrated than he has all season.

"I don't know man. We talk about the same thing after every
game all the time," Bosh said. "You guys see it, the fans see it
and I see it."

Bosh says the problems are mental.

"It's the same old thing," Bosh said. "Once it starts getting
old for us we'll start playing better. Once we get tired of the
fans booing, once we get tired of being down by 20 at home, once we
get we get tired of those things, that's when things will really
kick in for us."

Odom had nine points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer
that capped a 10-2 run to start the period. Sasha Vujacic's
3-pointer, Walton's three-point play and Smush Parker's 3-pointer
gave Los Angeles a 19-point lead with 1:22 left in the third.

Devean George's 3-pointer gave Los Angeles a 22-point lead, its
biggest of the game, with 6:22 to play.

Bosh's two free throws and Mike James' jumper cut the lead to
seven with 54 seconds left, but Von Wafer made a dunk after a
missed free throw by Walton.

Bryant's previous season low was 17 points on Nov. 11 at
Philadelphia. His basket at the buzzer at halftime gave Los Angeles
a 50-44 lead.

Game notes
Raptors point guard Alvin Williams underwent arthroscopic
surgery on his right knee this week, the team announced Wednesday.
Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., removed bone spurs and
cleaned up scar tissue from Williams' knee on Tuesday. Williams,
who had microfracture surgery last year on the same knee, is out
indefinitely. He missed all of last season and has played in just
one game this year. ... After a 1-15 November, Toronto opened this
month with wins at Atlanta and New Jersey but has since lost two

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