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Odom scores 23 as Lakers beat Bulls in sloppy game

LEAVE IT TO LAMAR It was something of a hollow victory for Los Angeles as a still-recovering Kobe Bryant managed only 18 points in a poor display


The Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon, No. 7, has his shot blocked by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kwame Brown during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday.


NBALamar Odom scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 82-72 in a sloppy NBA game on Sunday.

Andrew Bynum added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles before fouling out. Kobe Bryant scored 18 points, matching his lowest total in eight games since returning from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July. Last season's NBA scoring champ shot 5-for-14 after scoring 31 points in Friday's 107-100 win against Toronto, but the Lakers still managed to win their third in a row and hand Chicago its fourth straight loss.

Andres Nocioni scored a career-high 30 points for the Bulls. The third-year forward, who missed his first nine shots in Friday's 110-83 loss at San Antonio and came in with a 10.7 scoring average, made five of his first seven against the Lakers and finished 11-for-21 overall.

Spurs 108, Kings 99

At Sacramento, California, Tim Duncan scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and San Antonio improved its franchise-best road start to 5-0 with a victory over Sacramento.

The first meeting between the teams since the Spurs beat the Kings in the sixth game of their first-round playoff series in May was a physical game that saw three players leave for the locker room to get stitches.

Brent Barry scored 11 points off the bench before going down with 22.2 seconds left in the second quarter following a hard collision with Ronnie Price. Both players were helped off the court and needed stitches -- nine for Barry and seven for Price on his chin. Both returned to the game.

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