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Lakers defeat Nets to collect first win of season, 104-98

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Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their first win of the 2015-16 season in a defeat of the Brooklyn Nets, 104-98. 

Both the team and Bryant were inconsistent, but played well enough to come out on top. Kobe managed just 5-for-16 from the field and an 1-of-4 from the three-point line. He added seven rebounds and three assists while committing three turnovers.  

“We moved the ball pretty well, and defensively we were pretty active,” Bryant told TWC Sports Net following the game. “Metta (World Peace) was huge… He just raises the play of everyone defensively.”

The starting backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece while Nick Young and Lou Williams added 10 each. 

World Peace netted just three points and three rebounds to go along with one assist but contributed a solid effort on the defensive end, where the Lakers were plus-12 when he was in the game. Los Angeles shot 42 percent from the field.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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