298e84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02Bryant scores big and tries to rally other Lakers198e84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Bryant scores big and tries to rally other LakersKobe Bryant marks his return to Madison Square Garden by scoring 27 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-105 win over the New York Knicks.<p>Kobe Bryant marked his return to Madison Square Garden by scoring 27 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-105 win over the New York Knicks.
Bryant put up big numbers in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, but his total was far short of his last visit to the Garden, when he scored an arena-record 61 points.
Bryant said he was trying not to think about individual records at this point in the NBA season.</p>
<p>"I don't think the way that we're playing, we're ready for that type of situation," he said. "Guys have got to get going. Other players have got to find the rhythm because I need them on this trip."
Pau Gasol added 20 points, which translated into US$20,000 (Dh73,450) for Haiti earthquake victims.
Gasol said earlier he would contribute $1,000 for each point he scored in the game.
"We had to fight through fatigue," Gasol said.</p>
<p>"At the beginning we were allowing too many lay-ups. We played much better in the second half."
Bryant came in averaging 30.5 points in his previous 11 games in New York.
He has five 40-point games in New York but was never close to that in this one, scoring only 14 points on 14 shots through three quarters.
He finished only eight of 24 from the field on the fourth anniversary of his landmark 81-point game.</p>
<p>Andrew Bynum finished with 19 points for Los Angeles, who had lost to LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
The Lakers are just two games into an eight-game away trip. "We take it one game at a time," said Ron Artest of the Lakers. "We played decent, we didn't play great." David Lee scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Wilson Chandler added 28 points and Danilo Gallinari had 20 for the losing team.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, Kevin Garnett returned to the <B>Boston Celtics' </B>line-up as they rallied to a nail-biting 98-95 overtime victory over the <B>Portland Trail Blazers</B>.
Garnett scored 13 points after a 10-game absence with a knee injury, and then watched as teammate Ray Allen drained a three-pointer to put the Celtics up 96-95 with 41 seconds left in the extra session. Allen then assisted on a Tony Allen dunk to complete the scoring, with the Trail Blazers' Rudy Fernandez missing a late three-pointer that would have tied the score.</p>
<p>Portland (26-18) had trailed by five points with 2:36 to go in regulation time, but Martell Webster made a three-pointer and then a 22-footer to send the contest into overtime. Paul Pierce tallied a team-high 24 points for Boston.
* With agencies</p>