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Kobe, Dwight score 31 apiece in Lakers' 2nd straight win, 104-88 over Milwaukee Bucks

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, blocks the shot of Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) blocks the shot of Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, of Cameroon, during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, goes up for a shot as Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-88 Tuesday night for their second straight win after a six-game skid.

Metta World Peace added 12 points as the Lakers prepared for Thursday's visit from the NBA champion Miami Heat with an impressive effort against the Bucks, who lost for the second time in five games under interim coach Jim Boylan.

Bryant and Howard both had 30-point games for the second time in their brief tenure together, and the Bucks couldn't cope with Bryant's outside game or Howard's inside dominance.

Monta Ellis scored 17 points for Milwaukee, while Brandon Jennings was held to 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting largely by Bryant's defense.