LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 36 points in the third quarter, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Phoenix Suns their fourth straight loss, 111-99 on Friday night.
It was only the fourth time in 30 games this season that the Lakers reached the 100-point mark. Pau Gasol had 13 rebounds and 10 points, and Matt Barnes added 17 points off the bench along with seven boards in 25 minutes. Bryant had nine rebounds and six assists.
Bryant scored at least 40 in each of his previous two games against Phoenix, including a 48-point effort in the Lakers’ 99-83 win on Jan. 10 at Staples Center — his highest-scoring game in the NBA when not making a 3-point shot.