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TDIKH: December 9

Dec. 9, 2003

25 years, 108 days

New York quickly jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but Kobe Bryant answered with a dunk for L.A.’s first strike in its 98-90 win over the Knicks.

Bryant scored a team-high 21 points with six rebounds and nine assists to lead the Lakers to their 10th straight victory and 27th consecutive home win.

Bryant shot 7-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 at the line, while Shaquille O’Neal held his own with 18 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

The purple and gold forced 21 turnovers and handed out 26 assists on 34 baskets.

“I think that when you’re going up against a team with as many weapons as the Lakers, you’ve got to just play pretty close to a perfect game,” Knicks head coach Don Chaney said.

The Lakers fell behind by seven after the first quarter, but they swiftly went on a 21-4 run in the second to pull ahead.

Howard Eisley and Shandon Anderson scored 26 points apiece for New York, but L.A. also had a 28-13 advantage in made free throws to improve its league-best record to 18-3.

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