Los Angeles (26-34) at Los Angeles (30-28)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Mar 8, 2005
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Kobe Bryant was sick of losing, so he took matters into his own hands.

Bryant will try and help the Los Angeles Lakers win their third straight game as they host the Clippers.

The Lakers had dropped four straight before winning consecutive games, in no small part because of Bryant.

Bryant, who’s second in the NBA with 28.1 points per game, followed up his 40-point performance in Friday’s 108-103 win over Dallas by scoring 37 in Sunday’s 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers.

The seven-time All-Star also had 10 rebounds and made all of his 13 foul shots.

Despite the victory, Lakers interim coach Coach Frank Hamblen wasn’t happy with his team’s effort.

“I’m happy we won,” Hamblen told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not happy how we played. I thought we were very sluggish out there.”

The Lakers, who are tied with Denver for the eighth place in the Western Conference, will begin a six-game road trip following Tuesday’s game, starting at Dallas on Thursday.

The Clippers, meanwhile, have dropped three of four, including Monday’s 105-102 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Corey Maggette scored 37 points as the Clippers nearly came back from a 17-point deficit. Bobby Simmons, making a strong bid for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, finished with 19 points after making eight of his first 10 shots. Elton Brand had 17 points and six rebounds during a foul-plagued 32 minutes.

The Clippers’ playoff chances have faded away over the past 4 1/2 weeks, thanks to a 1-8 road trip that began with a 106-103 victory against the Grizzlies on Feb. 3—a game in which Memphis blew an 18-point lead. That was the last time the Clippers were at the .500 mark. They are 3-11 since.

The Lakers have dominated the series with their city rivals, going 27-4 since 1997-98.

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