Kobe Bryant took a rare fourth-quarter breather, sitting out the entire final 12 minutes as the Lakers let a contingent of mostly reserves help the team reach triple digits for a second consecutive game and only the third time this season.
Bryant finished with 24 points, making nine of 21 shots in only 28 minutes, after it looked earlier as if he was headed to much greater things; he had 18 points after the first quarter. But it was a welcome departure from Sunday, when Bryant had to play all 24 second-half minutes in a narrow victory over Minnesota.
Center Andrew Bynum added 20 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Pau Gasol had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who got a big boost from their underperforming bench.
Back-to-back three-pointers by reserves Troy Murphy and Andrew Goudelock early in the fourth quarter gave the Lakers an 83-62 lead, essentially putting the game out of reach. Murphy would follow with another three-pointer and finish with 12 points as part of a strong output from a Lakers bench that combined for 48 points.
The Lakers' lead was so comfortable in the final minutes that they were able to finish the game with a lineup of reserves Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks, Josh McRoberts, Jason Kapono and Luke Walton.
Lakers small forward Metta World Peace, making a second consecutive start, finished with two points in 23 minutes in a foul-plagued performance. Displaced small forward Matt Barnes had 12 points in 27 minutes off the bench, perhaps giving Lakers Coach Mike Brown reason to think about putting him back in the starting lineup.
Next up for the Lakers is a season-long six-game road trip that starts Friday in Denver. The Lakers are only 2-7 away from Staples Center and need to start picking up road victories more consistently if they intend to secure a decent seeding in the playoffs.