Lakers beat the Wizards in Oklahoma City


Friday, October 29th 2004, 9:24 am
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers close out their preseason with a 97-to-87 win over the Washington Wizards in Oklahoma City.

The Lakers trailed by a point with under eight minutes remaining before finishing with a 25-to-14 run last night.

Larry Hughes led Washington with 15 points. Kwame Brown, the Wizards' leading rebounder last season, was out again with a broken right foot. He will see an orthopedist this morning.

Washington coach Eddie Jordan was ejected with a minute and two seconds left in the third quarter after arguing Jarvis Hayes was fouled.

Lamar Odom had 16 points. Tierre Brown and Jumaine Jones had 12 each for the Lakers.

Los Angeles (6-2) will open the regular season Tuesday night at home against Denver. The Wizards finished the preseason at 3-and-5 and will begin the regular season next Wednesday at Memphis.