Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lakers routed the Blazers 96-76 to open the season

By KEN PETERS, AP Sports Writer - October 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists Tuesday night, leading the Los Angeles to a 96-76 season-opening victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and spoiling rookie Greg Oden's debut, which was cut short by another injury.

Bryant orchestrated a well-balanced offense for the Lakers, who also played tenacious defense.

Pau had all of his 15 points in the first half as Los Angeles moved in front to stay. Trevor Ariz added 11 points and Andrew Bynum, back after sitting out the last part of last season with a knee injury, had eight points and three rebounds.



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