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Bryant, Lakers beat winless Nets for 1st victory

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

AP

NEW YORK (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 18 points, his highest performance since opening night, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the winless Brooklyn Nets 104-98 on Friday night for their first victory of the season.

Rookie D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson each scored 16 points for the Lakers (1-4), while the Nets dropped to 0-6.

The Lakers’ 11-point lead was down to three in the final half-minute but they forced a 5-second violation on an inbounds pass. Bryant then made four straight free throws for a 102-95 lead while receiving loud cheers, as he did all night.

Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, while Joe Johnson scored 22 points.