PHOENIX (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and four other Los Angeles players reached double figures as the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 99-95 on Wednesday night.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end.
Andrew Bynum scored 14 for Los Angeles, Shannon Brown 13, Lamar Odom 12 and Ron Artest 11, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the lead to one.
Pau Gasol scored only six points but had nine rebounds.
Steve Nash had 11 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Vince Carter scored 14 but his extra-long 3-point attempt was blocked by Gasol in the final minute.
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