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LAKERS: Kobe Bryant, who scored at least 40 points in five consecutive games, including 50 in the first four, shot 7 of 26 and scored only 23 Tuesday night in an 88-86 loss to lowly Memphis.

He had made 53.2 percent of his field goal attempts, including half of his 3-point shots in those big five games.

Bryant had scored 60 points in the Lakers' 121-119 victory at Memphis last Thursday for his third consecutive game of at least 50 points.

He made his first three shots Tuesday night, but missed 15 of his next 16 before scoring from long range with 11 minutes to play.

RAPTORS: Forward Jorge Garbajosa is expected to miss six months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle and leg.

Garbajosa suffered a displaced ankle joint with a ligament tear and a fractured fibula after falling awkwardly in Monday night's game at Boston.

He averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his rookie season.




In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Wallace scored 31 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the NBA.

Wallace hit 12 of 16 shots from the field, 7 of 9 free throws and added nine rebounds for the Bobcats.

Josh Smith had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the bumbling Hawks, who committed 22 turnovers in losing their fifth consecutive game.

The Hawks played their 12th consecutive game without leading scorer Joe Johnson (strained left calf). Coach Mike Woodson said Johnson could miss the rest of the season.

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