Even Ailing Kobe Is Unstoppable

Lakers surge forth in the 4th for 110-105 win off Bryant's 37 points
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 6:31 AM CST
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryan sits on the bench during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With 21 points in the first three quarters of last night's game against the Bucks, Kobe Bryant seemed to be feeling the effects of his "viral upper respiratory infection." But then a breakout fourth quarter left Kobe with 37 points on the night and secured a shaky 110-105 Lakers victory, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The suffering star, who nailed five three-pointers, got huge support from Andrew Bynum's 25 points and 17 rebounds. Milwaukee, meanwhile, had big nights from Michael Redd and Maurice Williams (22 and 28 points), but not much else going on. Once Kobe decided the answer to his illness was to "muscle through it a little bit," the Bucks' chances looked slim.