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Lakers move to 2-1 in exhibition play


Reporting from Las Vegas

The Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 98-92, in an exhibition game Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Andrew Bynum had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Kobe Bryant had a well-rounded 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Lamar Odom was kneed in the shin near the end of the second quarter and did not play the rest of the game. The injury is not considered serious.

Pau Gasol and Luke Walton sat out because of a strained right hamstring and a sore back, respectively.

Forward Jason Thompson had 19 points to lead Sacramento.

The Lakers made 26 of 30 free-throw attempts while the Kings made only 14 of 24.

The play of the game was Bryant's between-the-legs bounce pass to a cutting Odom for a dunk in the first quarter.

The Lakers have five more exhibition games before beginning the regular season Oct. 27 against the Clippers.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum pulls down a rebound against the Kings last season. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

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