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Kobe Bryant tallied 27 points and seven assists in the Lakers' win in Orlando.
Parker scored a season-high 20 points - 18 of them in the third quarter - and Bryant had 27 points and seven assists to help the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 106-93 Wednesday night.
The Lakers picked up their third win on a tough six-game road swing that ends at Charlotte on Friday. Andrew Bynum also had 13 points in 13 minutes against the Magic.
``We can't be giving the Smush Parkers of the league quarters like that,'' Magic coach Brian Hill said. ``If it's Kobe it's different.''
The Magic still have one of the best records (17-13) in the Eastern Conference, but that might not last. Orlando has lost eight of its last 11 games.
``It's frustrating - we can't get a win at home,'' Howard said.
After scoring 15 points in the first half, Bryant virtually disappeared in the third quarter. He hit three free throws but missed all three field-goal attempts and didn't make a second-half shot from the field until a 3-pointer 1:17 into the fourth quarter.
The Lakers didn't need him. Parker scored nine points during a 14-3 run in the third quarter, and Brian Cook nailed a 3-pointer just before the period ended to give Los Angeles a 79-73 lead.
``We just ran our offense,'' Parker said. ``We executed our offense and I got open looks.''
The home-court sellout didn't help the Magic much. A smattering of central Florida's enormous transplant population turned out for the visiting Lakers, and those on the Magic's side sat quietly, cheering loudest for a goofy home video clip show.
It wasn't as if they didn't have anything to applaud. Nelson consistently made layups in the crowded paint, and fed Howard behind the back for a highlight-reel dunk. Trevor Ariza had eight points in a 12-4 run that put Orlando ahead 37-25 in the second quarter. But the Magic couldn't sustain any of their comfortable leads.
For the Lakers, it was a promising next step after stumbling in the league's showcase game on Christmas at Miami.
``We are getting better. It's just a matter of us growing,'' Bryant said.
Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu had 12 points and five assists in his first game back since spraining his ankle Dec. 8 against Detroit. Darko Milicic had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Ariza finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Lakers cut a 12-point Magic lead in the second quarter to one by halftime, using a 7-0 run sparked by Keith Bogans' foul on Sasha Vujacic. In 1:45, Maurice Evans hit a 3-pointer, Vujacic made his two foul shots and Bryant drained a 19-foot jumper.
Notes: Los Angeles played its eighth straight game without Lamar Odom (sprained right knee ligament). Odom is the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. ... The Lakers have won four in a row against Orlando. ... PGA pro Chris DiMarco was in attendance.