After playing Saturday night against the Utah Jazz with stomach problems, Kobe returned tonight healthy sporting a splint on his fractured index finger. Nothing like starting this four-game road trip with a win over the Chicago Bulls.
Kobe Bryant scored 42 points, 20 of which were in the first quarter 25 in the half against single coverage as Los Angeles built a 54-48 lead. Pau gasol who had another big rebounding night scored 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Andrew Bynum added 11 points, Shannon Brown scored seven of his nine in the fourth as Los Angeles came away with the win.
Stay tuned for Wednesday night when the Lakers fly up to Milwaukee to battle the Bucks