They weren't booing Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles after this performance -- a triple-double against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards.
Bryant had one of three triple-doubles -- Antoine Walker of Boston and Andre Miller of Cleveland had the others -- on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA, totaling 23 points, a career-high 15 assists and 11 rebounds as the Lakers rallied past the Wizards 103-94.
Walker had 30 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds as the Celtics defeated Denver 110-93, and Miller had 22 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds to lead Cleveland past Toronto 99-81.
Jason Kidd just missed his sixth triple-double of the season with 12 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as New Jersey lost 105-103 in Atlanta.
In other games, Sacramento defeated San Antonio 99-86, Dallas downed Seattle 112-106, Chicago surprised Milwaukee 96-92, Orlando defeated New York 122-114, Phoenix crushed Detroit 99-71, Utah beat Indiana 98-82 and Houston topped Memphis 85-78.
Bryant's triple-double was the third of his career and came just two days after he was booed loudly in his hometown of Philadelphia during his MVP performance at the All-Star game.
"It made me feel good to come back to the Staples Center and have the fans appreciate you like that," Bryant said.
The Lakers outscored the Wizards 43-11 to turn a 63-43 deficit with 7:50 left in the third quarter into an 86-74 lead with 8:03 remaining.
Bryant shot 9-of-20 and, with a little over a minute to play and the Lakers leading 97-89, Bryant hit from outside over Jordan, drawing one of the loudest cheers of the night from the crowd of 18,997.
Jordan led the Wizards with 22 points, five rebounds and six assists in his first game against his former coach, Phil Jackson.
"This is definitely a lesson for us. We're not quite in their league yet," said Jordan. "We folded under their pressure -- and that's what championship teams do to you.
"Defensively, Phil took options out of our game which open up things for me. If anyone knows my game, Phil knows my game."
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