Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - All Kobe Bryant wanted a month ago was to
make the playoffs.
He finally has his Los Angeles Lakers back on the right side of the standings.
Bryant tallied 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Lakers' 90-81
win over the Chicago Bulls.
The Lakers began the campaign 17-25, but have rebounded by going 16-6 since to
leap frog the Utah Jazz by a half-game for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference.
Dwight Howard added 16 points and 21 boards for Los Angeles, which has won six
straight games at Staples Center.
Joakim Noah finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who have
dropped three of their last four tilts. Nate Robinson recorded 19 points and
eight assists in defeat.
LA headed into the break with a 44-40 edge, but began to pull away in the
Luol Deng's running hook shot pulled the Bulls within 49-44 with 9:47 left in
the third before the Lakers countered with a 16-3 surge. Steve Nash had seven
points during the swing, which was capped on back-to-back 3-pointer by Bryant
and Jodie Meeks for a 65-47 margin.
LA took a 73-61 advantage into the fourth and led by at least eight throughout
the final frame.
The Lakers led 20-16 after a period of play.
Chicago had won three straight in the series ... Nash scored 16 points ... Los
Angeles was just 5-of-26 from beyond the arc and 7-of-14 from the foul line
... Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.
The Sports Network