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Kobe scores 40, Lakers hold off Blazers 111-107

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Back on the court after days of mourning, the Los Angeles Lakers grinded out a gritty win thanks to a vintage performance from their biggest star. Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Los Angeles capped a trying week with a 111-107 victory over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Hours after longtime Lakers...