Chris Bosh had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Bryant missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds and the Raptors won their season-high fifth straight, 96-92 over the Lakers on Friday night.
Fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” when Bosh went to the line late in the game.
“Everybody is going to be up there for MVP,” Bryant said. “I think he’s a legitimate candidate just because of what he’s been able to do with this team, with this franchise and how he’s performed. He made some big shots down the stretch. I love everything about him, I love his game, I love his work ethic. He definitely has my approval.”