Ailing Kobe Bryant starts vs. Bobcats

Updated: February 14, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed shootaround Monday with symptoms that included body aches and chills, according to a team spokesman, but he was in the starting lineup for his team's game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.

Bryant was the first player on the floor for the Lakers before the game, going through shooting drills.

"I'm good," Bryant said before the game. "I'm playing."

Bryant scored 20 points, but he missed 11 of his first 16 shots as the Lakers lost 109-89.

It was the sixth game of the Lakers' current seven-game road trip. Los Angeles is 4-1, losing Sunday in Orlando 89-75.

The Bobcats have now won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Lakers.

Dave McMenamin

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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