NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 102, Washington 96

Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant scored 30 points while missing 20 shots Friday and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to defeat Washington 102-96.

The Lakers recorded a much-needed victory against the NBA's worst team. Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak that had put them 7 1/2 games behind the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers.

After taking a 14-point lead into the fourth period, the Lakers saw their advantage trimmed to three with 5:30 to go in the contest.

Dwight Howard then made a hook shot and Bryant converted three free throws to boost Los Angeles back in front by eight.

Bryant went 9-of-29 from the field. Jodie Meeks played 30 minutes off the bench and scored 24 points for the Lakers.

Washington, a winner just three times this season in 20 outings, was led by 21 points from Cartier Martin.

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