Kobe Lights it Up Against Toronto - Again

Lakers' star drops in 46, helps get bounce-back win on long road trip
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 10:54 PM CST
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, guards Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh (4) during second-half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Ontario, on Friday Feb. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant capped off an exciting day for LA with 46 points, including several show-stopping dunks, in a 121-101 win at Toronto, writes the AP. Earlier in the day the team bolstered its lineup by trading for former All-Star Pau Gasol. The Lakers, leading by only six entering the fourth quarter, then broke it open by making their first eight shots of the stanza.

Bryant, who was 19-28 from the field, clearly performs well versus Toronto, the team against which he once scored 81 points. Sasha Vujacic played a nice supporting role with 22 points for LA, which rebounded from a tough one-point loss at Detroit last night. Andrea Bargnani scored a career-high 28 points for Toronto while Chris Bosh had 22 and 15 rebounds.