Lakers Top Raptors for Third Straight Win
L.A. Lakers 102, Toronto 91
TORONTO, Dec. 7 (Ticker) -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson's new lineup worked out well for the second straight night.
Lamar Odom scored 19 points and Kobe Bryant had a season-low 11 and nine assists as the Lakers coasted to a 102-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We're just taking it one game at a time," Jackson said. "We came out tonight and we shot well and the last week we've shot well. There's nothing better than a winning streak and we'd like to ride this momentum and see if we can continue it a game or two."
Odom's 3-pointer with 8:54 remaining in the third quarter gave Los Angeles a 60-46 lead. The Lakers outscored the Raptors, 31-18, for an 81-62 lead to start the fourth quarter.
"We clicked offensively tonight and got easy buckets," Odom said. "He (Bryant) was able to create those chances because everyone collapses on him. He drove tonight and got his teammates open looks and easy layups, which is good for the team."
For the third straight game, the Lakers (9-9) had at least four players score double figures. They are at .500 for the first time since November 16.
"It's a significant win because it's three in a row and now that we're back at .500 we need to keep it going," said Bryant, who played just 26 minutes and made 5-of-12 shots.
Smush Parker scored 15 points and reserve Luke Walton added 13 for the Lakers, who registered a season-high 28 assists. Vujacic had nine points, five assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes.
"It makes us feel good for us young guys to be able to come in and contribute and give Kobe and Lamar a chance to rest," said Lakers guard Laron Profit, who scored a season-high 14 points.
Chris Bosh collected his 11th double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost its last two games after winning two in a row. Mike James and Morris Peterson scored 14 points apiece.
"They just outplayed us today," said Bosh, who added a career-high six assists. "We played last night but that's no excuse because they played last night as well. We've just got to get better at putting the past behind us and moving on."