Kobe Bryant fades in second half, Lakers lose to 76ers, 95-90
It's getting repetitive to write, but the Lakers lost another road game.
This time, Kobe Bryant tailed off badly in the second half of a 95-90 Lakers loss Monday to Philadelphia.
Bryant made two of 12 shots after halftime and the Lakers fell to 14-11 overall, a measly 3-9 on the road.
Bryant had 24 points in the first half on solid eight-for-14 shooting. He seemingly couldn't find the basket after that.
Andrew Bynum couldn't be stopped at either end (20 points, 20 rebounds), but the Lakers went away from him after his alley-oop dunk off Bryant's pass put the Lakers ahead, 86-79, with 4:37 to play.
It was a thoroughly frustrating night for Bryant, who was booed, as usual, when introduced before the game in front of his hometown crowd.
In the first half, while he was clicking, Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal for fifth on the NBA's career scoring list. Bryant now has 28,601 points. Wilt Chamberlain is fourth with 31,419 points.
The Lakers played without Coach Mike Brown, who was suspended for one game because he bumped a referee and refused to leave the court in a timely manner after getting ejected during the Lakers' loss Saturday to Utah. Assistant coach John Kuester took Brown's place Monday night.
The Lakers are now 1-2 on their season-long six-game trip. They finish up in Boston, New York and Toronto before heading back home.
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant chases down a loose ball during the first half in Philadelphia on Monday night. Credit: Ron Cortes / McClatchy-Tribune