16 Dec 2009

Bryant scores season high to compound Bulls woes

6:47 pm on 16 December 2009

Kobe Bryant's scored a season-high 42 points to spark the Los Angeles Lakers to their 12th win in 13 games, beating hosts the Chicago Bulls 96-87 in an NBA basketball game.

Bryant, wearing a splint on his broken right index finger, scored 20 points in the first quarter and finished with a slam dunk in the closing seconds that had the Chicago crowd chanting "MVP" for Most Valuable Player honours.

The loss is the Bulls eleventh in 13 games.