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Kobe scores 40, Lakers end week of mourning for Buss with 111-107 win over Trail Blazers

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes up for a shot as Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is slapped in the face by Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, puts up a shot as Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard attempts to dunk during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, of France, defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press)

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers capped a trying week with a gritty 111-107 victory over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Hours after longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss was buried, and a day after a moving memorial service punctuated by eulogies from Bryant and other franchise greats, the team got back to basketball with a much-needed victory at Staples Center.

Bryant scored 11 points in the final 5½ minutes and the Lakers won for the seventh time in 10 games. They remained ninth in the Western Conference playoff race, 3½ games behind Houston for the final spot with 26 remaining. Portland trails Los Angeles by 1½ games.