Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard, left, blocks the shot of Portland Trail Blazers centre J.J. Hickson as guard Kobe Bryant (second from right) and forward Earl Clark (right) look on. Photo: AP

Kobe scores 40, Lakers hold off Blazers 111-107

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Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard, left, blocks the shot of Portland Trail Blazers centre J.J. Hickson as guard Kobe Bryant (second from right) and forward Earl Clark (right) look on. Photo: AP
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