Lakers' Kobe Bryant sidelined for second straight game because of soreness, out against Bulls

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CHICAGO — Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers' contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant also was sidelined Tuesday night when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant says his knees, Achilles tendons, feet and back are all sore. He cites "old age" and says he needs to "reset my body."

He says it is unlikely he will play Friday night at Dallas.

The 36-year-old Bryant, in his 19th NBA season, entered Thursday third in the league in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He passed Michael Jordan for third place on the career scoring list Dec. 14 at Minnesota.

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