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|Lakers bounce back, beat Hawks on Kobe's 41|
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant is quite familiar with the exquisite pain of playing against Ron Artest's defense. He's grateful that frustration now belongs to his opponents - including Joe Johnson, the first top scorer to get locked down by the Lakers' new defensive stopper.Bryant had 41 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 21 points and Artest extinguished Johnson's outstanding start in the Lakers' 118-110 victory over the Hawks on Sunday night.
Although Bryant took charge offensively while Los Angeles ran away with 18 consecutive points in the third quarter, Kobe directed the credit to Artest, who jumped into his defensive assignment after Johnson scored 18 points in the first quarter.
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Added: November 2, 2009