Kobe, Lakers Fky Over Trail Blazers
Bryant's 30 points lift Los Angeles to ninth straight win
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2008 3:05 AM CST
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) is congratulated by Sasha Vujacic, of Slovenia, left, and Pau Gasol, from Spain, at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers' at the Staples...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant's injured  pinkie finger looked just fine last night as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar scored 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 96-83 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, reports AP. The win is the ninth in a row for LA, which at 40-17 is tops in the tough Western Conference. The Blazers have lost eight of nine.

The Lakers clung to a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter when Bryant took over with 11 points. Los Angeles' defense was solid as well, holding the Blazers to 36% shooting. A win tomorrow against Miami would give the Lakers their 21st double-digit winning streak in franchise history and their 17th since moving from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.