Kobe, Lakers Douse Raptors Late, 117-108

Suns broil Grizzlies; Bulls subdue Jazz in Kirilenko's return
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2008 5:19 AM CDT
Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford, center, gets a hug from Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, as Derek Fisher waves to Raptors players at the end of the basketball game at the Staples Center in Los...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The feisty Raptors kept it close until late, but Kobe's well-rounded 34-7-7 proved insurmountable in the Lakers' 117-108 triumph, reports the Los Angeles Times. Nonetheless, diminutive guard T.J. Ford did surprising damage inside, slashing for 28 points in the absence of bruising All-Star Chris Bosh. Also in pro basketball:

  • The Suns evened their record to 5-5 since the Shaq trade, sandblasting the Grizzlies 132-111 behind Amare Stoudemire's 29 points and 13 boards.
  • The Bulls closed in on the eighth playoff seed with a 108-96 upset of the Jazz at home, an ill-auguring start to Utah's five-game roadtrip.