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Lakers overpower Wizards

WASHINGTON -- Driving and dunking and dropping in a 3-pointer, Kobe Bryant delivered a game's worth of highlights in the first quarter Sunday, outscoring the Washington Wizards all by himself.

Then he let his Los Angeles Lakers teammates join in all the fun.

Bryant put up 19 points in the opening period on his way to finishing with 30, and the Lakers ran their offense so well there was no need for the newly acquired Pau Gasol to don a uniform in a 103-91 victory over the Wizards.

"Just taking what they were going to give me," said Bryant, an efficient 10-for-15 on field goals.

Gasol, the 7-foot Spaniard who came over from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade Friday, sat on the sideline in a pinstriped suit jacket, listening to tips on the Lakers' triangle offense from assistant coach Brian Shaw.

The 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year's new teammates put on quite a clinic, too, repeatedly making the extra pass to find wide-open looks. The Lakers compiled 27 assists on 41 field goals, with Vladimir Radmanovic scoring 15 points, Lamar Odom 14 and Ronny Turiaf 13.

Another measure of how well the visitors played: Nine Lakers scored in the second quarter.

"We've grown a lot together. And we understand how to play with one another," Bryant said. "That's the big thing -- the chemistry. Knowing where guys are."

Asked whether he'd like to see the Lakers make another move before the trade deadline, he said: "I'm letting (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) handle that stuff. I gave up playing GM in the summer."

PISTONS 90, MAVERICKS 67, at Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Rasheed Wallace backed up his talk with 21 points and nine rebounds, leading Detroit past Dallas.

Wallace said the Pistons had to take advantage of the undersized Mavericks by going inside, and he did.

The bombastic center scored over Dirk Nowitzki on a fadeaway late in the third quarter as Detroit pulled away, and Wallace had more to say to the Mavericks.

"He can't guard me!" Wallace screamed toward Dallas' bench.

Nowitzki had 15 points on 3-of-18 shooting and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had their lowest scoring game of the season and worst shooting performance at 30 percent.

KINGS WAITING ON BIBBY -- Even with their current four-game winning streak, several Kings had no trouble finding reason to think their play can only improve.

The reason? Mike Bibby has been quiet.

The point guard hit just 1 of 9 shots and had four points in 30 minutes against the Bulls. In the 10 games since he returned from his thumb injury for his regular-season debut, he is averaging 13 points and 5.1 assists, shooting 39.5 percent overall and 42. 1 percent from 3-point range.

"Once (Bibby) gets going then we are going to be that much tougher to beat," said forward Ron Artest, who had a team-high 28 points in Saturday's 105-101 victory over Chicago. "When Mike is on and Kevin (Martin) is on, it's really impossible to stop us."

Center Brad Miller concurred.

"Mike's not even been playing good, so there's a lot of upside here still (as a team)," Miller said. "I think our team confidence is good.

"Everybody's enjoying it."

SPURS INK STOUDAMIRE -- San Antonio bolstered its backcourt Sunday, signing point guard Damon Stoudamire. The addition gives the Spurs another option while Tony Parker nurses a left heel injury.

Stoudamire, who negotiated a buyout with Memphis last week after falling behind two young players in the rotation, has averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in his 13-year career.

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