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Bryant Torches Bulls in Lakers' Win
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 42 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating the fading Chicago Bulls 96-87 Tuesday night.

Down one through three quarters, the Lakers pulled away early in the fourth and sent Chicago to its 11th loss in 13 games.

Bryant was simply phenomenal even though he was wearing a splint on his broken right index finger, tearing through the Bulls after struggling to score 16 in a loss to Utah on Saturday. He needed IV fluids in that game because of a stomach ailment but had no trouble this time.

Andrew Bynum added 11 points, Pau Gasol grabbed 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Luol Deng scored 21 for Chicago and so did Derrick Rose even though he strained a left rib in the first quarter.

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