Masked Mamba gets 38, Lakers hold off Kings

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in his second straight big game in a protective mask, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew most of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on to beat the Sacramento Kings 115-107 Friday night in their highest-scoring performance of the season.

Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 16-1 at home since losing their season opener on Christmas. Pau Gasol added 15 points, and Metta World Peace scored eight of his 15 points in the final 5 minutes when the Lakers finally countered a lengthy rally by Sacramento's reserves.

Francisco Garcia scored 18 points to lead seven Kings in double figures in their eighth loss in 10 games.