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|Impressive Lakers Roll Past Orlando in 2nd Half
|LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pau Gasol scored 23 points, Kobe Bryant added 16 while playing on a sprained left ankle, and the Los Angeles Lakers roared away in the second half for their 10th win in 11 games, 97-84 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Andrew Bynum had 10 points, a career high-tying 18 rebounds and four blocks as the two-time defending NBA champions opened a seven-game homestand with another impressive post-All-Star effort.
The Lakers (48-20) also drew virtually even with the Dallas Mavericks (47-19) for second place in the Western Conference standings.
Dwight Howard had 22 points, 15 rebounds and nine turnovers, four more than the entire Lakers squad, for the Magic, who shot poorly in the second half of this 2009 NBA finals rematch.
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