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NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Chicago

(Tuesday, December 15th)

Final Score: LA Lakers 96, Chicago 87

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant willed on an otherwise sluggish Lakers team and staved off the pesky Chicago Bulls, pouring home a season- high 42 points despite a broken right index finger, in Los Angeles' 96-87 victory at the United Center.

Andrew Bynum added 11 points and Pau Gasol contributed a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who started a new winning streak after having their 11-game spurt halted on Saturday.

"It was the most challenging one that we've had," Bryant said regarding his broken finger. "We've played with a lot of things, sprained ankles, broken knuckle, things like that. But shooting hand, on my right index finger, it's tough. It affects my follow through."

Luol Deng and Derrick Rose each scored 21 points, while Joakim Noah scored 11 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Chicago, which has won just twice in its last 13 games. Brad Miller added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a losing effort.

"I think if we can bring this effort on a consistent basis we'll have a better shot of winning games," said Noah.

Chicago came out ready to play, taking an early 14-4 lead after two Noah free throws. Rose left the game for some time with a strained left rib, and Bryant took over with 20 first-quarter points, keeping the game tight at 31-31 after 12 minutes of game action.

The Lakers took a 54-48 edge into the half and kept the Bulls at bay, extending their edge to 62-57 on a Ron Artest three almost midway through the third quarter. The Bulls then tied the game at 64-64 on a Deng jumper and one Noah free throw gave the home-standing team the edge moments later. Chicago held a 73-72 advantage after three quarters.

Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run to begin the fourth, capped by Bryant's long two-point jumper for an 86-77 advantage with 6:35 to play. The Bulls never drew closer than six points the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Noah grabbed 14 of Chicago's 22 offensive rebounds, making up for the Bulls' 38.5 percent shooting night and 2-of-11 effort from beyond the arc...The Lakers made 45.6 percent of their shots, but also struggled from long distance, making just 4-of-20 three-point shots...The game featured six ties and seven lead changes...Chicago had 21 second-chance points to just 10 for the Lakers.

12/16 02:02:06 ET

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