LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (Ticker) -- The All-Star Game was just a tune-up for the dominant return of the Los Angeles Lakers' tandem of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

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O'Neal collected 29 points and 13 rebounds and Bryant scored 28 points and handed out seven assists as the Lakers rolled to a 116-88 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers.

O'Neal was named the MVP of Sunday's All-Star Game after posting 24 points and 11 rebounds. He could have shared the award with Bryant, who scored 20 points in 36 minutes.

The duo has been unstoppable since the break, with O'Neal averaging 27 points and 13.3 rebounds and Bryant posting 31.7 points, 8.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds in three games.

"We looked at each other (during the break)," O'Neal said. "We know we need to turn it up and we know how to get it done."

"I don't know if we are more in sync now than we were at the beginning of the year," Bryant said. "We don't have all the pieces of the puzzle."

O'Neal was unstoppable in the second quarter, scoring 16 points of Los Angeles' 32 points. He scored five points during a 17-6 burst the Lakers used to open the period for a 44-27 lead.

The Sixers pulled within 59-51 at halftime, but O'Neal helped the Lakers take control for good in the third quarter with seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

Los Angeles made 11-of-19 shots while holding Philadelphia to 7-of-19 from the floor in the period and had an 87-70 cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

Rick Fox scored seven of his 11 points in the third and Gary Payton finished with 13 points and six assists as Los Angeles cruised to its sixth win in seven games, despite playing most of the fourth quarter without O'Neal and Bryant.

The Lakers posted their highest score of the season by dominating inside as they scored 61 points in the paint and held a 52-37 rebounding advantage.

"We went out and played pretty good basketball," O'Neal said. "We need this win. We just want to take care of business on our end and pick it up before we get into the playoffs."

Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Glenn Robinson scored 19 points for the Sixers, who shot 40 percent (31-of-76) from the floor and lost for the 13th time in 18 games.

All-Star Allen Iverson was held to 16 points on 3-of-18 shooting as Philadelphia fell to 2-2 under interim coach Chris Ford.