Bryant struggles and still leads Lakers over Mavs

Kobe Bryant overcame a sore ankle to score 16
points, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks
96-91 on Saturday night.
Bryant shot just 6 of 20, but scored six points and assisted on
the other basket in a 9-0 run by the Lakers late in the second
quarter. That snapped a tie and put them ahead to stay.
After Bryant came down awkwardly on his left ankle late in the
third quarter and left the game for a bit, the Lakers immediately
scored eight consecutive points to stretch the lead to 10.
The Mavericks (47-19) are only a half-game ahead of Los Angeles
(47-20) for second place in the Western Conference.