Kobe Bryant Puts On A Show At Staples Center In Lakers Win Over Suns

Kobe Bryant's 48 points scored on Tuesday are an NBA season high.

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Kobe Bryant And His 48-Point Night For The Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers won their seventh straight home game Tuesday night, a 99-83 win over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center, but the story of the night was Kobe Bryant. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week scored an NBA season-high 48 points Tuesday night, electrifying the home crowd.

It was the most points scored by Bryant since he dropped 49 on the Suns in Phoenix on March 1, 2009.

It was the 108th 40-point game of Bryant's career

The last time Kobe scored 40 also came at Staples Center against the Suns, on March 22, 2011, a 139-137 triple overtime win for Los Angeles.

Bryant scored 17 points in the first quarter, including 13 points in the final four minutes of the quarter, keying a 15-0 run by the Lakers.

The 48 points scored by Kobe set a new NBA high this season, breaking the record of...Kobe Bryant, who scored 39 last Friday against Golden State.

Since Bryant made just six of his 28 field goal attempts in a January 1 loss in Denver, Bryant has scored 30 or more points in four of five games and has averaged 36.0 points per game during that span while shooting 51.5% (69 for 134).

Kobe now has 28,192 points in his career, sixth on the all-time list. Bryant is 404 points behind Shaquille O`Neal for fifth place.

After the game, Lakers head coach Mike Brown said of Kobe, per Elliott Teaford of the Daily News, "If you open him up he might be a machine, I don't know."

As for Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, who Bryant once famously patted on the butt during the 2010 Western Conference Finals, he told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, "I thought we did a good job defending Kobe. He just made tough shots. There's a reason he is who he is."

LeBron James scored 26 points in Miami's overtime loss in Golden State on Wednesday night, dropping his scoring average to 29.67 points per game. With his 48-point performance, Bryant is a close second in the league at 29.45 points per game.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Final Score: Kobe Bryant Scores 48 Points In 99-83 Win

Kobe Bryant scored an NBA season-high 48 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night at Staples Center, the seventh consecutive home win for the Lakers. It was the first 40-point game for Bryant since last March 22, which was also against Phoenix at Staples Center but in triple overtime.

The game was a back-and-forth contest in the first half with each team making several big runs. In the third quarter and at the start of the fourth quarter the two teams remained close until the Lakers closed out the game on a 16-1 run, punctuated by a pair of dunks by Bryant that got the crowd on their feet.

Bryant has scored 40 or more points in 108 regular season games in his career. He scored 17 of his 48 in the first quarter on Tuesday, including 13 points in a four-minute stretch that saw the Lakers end the period on a 15-0 run. Bryant made 18 of 31 shots from the field and 12 of 13 free throws. He has scored 180 points in his last five games, an average of 36.0 points per contest.

Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, his third consecutive double-double.

Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns in defeat. He and Steve Nash ran the pick-and-roll roughly 725 times during the game. Nash scored 13 points and had eight assists for the Suns.

The Lakers head to Salt Lake City Wednesday night for a road battle against the Utah Jazz.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Game Score: Kobe Bryant Shoots Lakers Into 46-42 Halftime Lead

Kobe Bryant scored 17 points in the first quarter, including 13 points in a four-minute span to close the period, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 46-42 halftime lead over the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night at Staples Center. Kobe ended the half with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

The Lakers trailed Phoenix 19-10 early thanks to Steve Nash slicing and dicing his way to six points and three assists through the first eight minutes of the game. The problem for the Suns is that they didn't score for the remainder of the period, while the Lakers scored 15 to take the lead, with 13 of those points coming from Bryant.

The Lakers extended their led to 35-23 with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, meaning they outscored the Suns 25-4 in a seven-minute span. However, in this game of runs the Suns outscored the Lakers 15-2 in just over five minutes to regain the lead. The Lakers ended the half on a 9-4 run to regain the lead.

Metta World Peace scored three points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half for the Lakers. Channing Frye led Phoenix in the first half with 12 points. Marcin Gortat added eight points and nine rebounds.

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Lakers Vs. Suns: Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, And Jason Kapono Listed As Out For L.A.

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to make it seven straight wins Tuesday night at Staples Center as they host the Phoenix Suns in a Pacific Division battle. The host Lakers will try to get that elusive seventh straight win though without a few key reserves, including forward Josh McRoberts, who is still suffering from a sprained left big toe, forward Troy Murphy (with, as Lakers beat writer Elliot Teaford describes as "tummy" problems), and forward Jason Kapono as he & his wife Ashley are expecting twin girls at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Kapono said the girls would be named Isla and Campbell.

This will be McRoberts fifth consecutive game missed tonight, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com.

The Lakers have beaten the Suns in seven of their last 10 meetings at Staples Center. Tipoff is at 7:30pm PST on FOX Sports West, so make sure you tune in to the action.

Tuesday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Suns: Game Time, Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a home-heavy schedule so far this season, which has been good as they are 6-1 at Staples Center this season, including winning their last six home contests. The Lakers look for their seventh consecutive home win Tuesday night as they host the Phoenix Suns in a Pacific Division battle in Los Angeles. Here are the relevant details of Tuesday's game:

Records: Lakers (6-4), Suns (4-4)

Location: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports West

Offensive Efficiency: Suns 104.3 points per 100 possessions (12th in NBA); Lakers 103.2 (14th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers 99.0 (sixth); Suns 100.6 (12th)

Shannon's Return: Tuesday will mark the return of Shannon Brown to Los Angeles for the first time since leaving as a free agent to sign with Phoenix. Brown played in 82 games in each of last two years for the Lakers and was a key bench player for two NBA championship teams in Los Angeles. Through eight games so far this season, Brown is averaging 8.3 points and 19.4 minutes per contest with Phoenix.

On The Rebound: Andrew Bynum is leading the NBA in rebounding, averaging 15.7 per game so far this season. He has grabbed at least 12 boards in each of his six games.

Nash In L.A.: Since joining Phoenix in 2004, Steve Nash has played against the Lakers in 12 regular season games at Staples Center. He has averaged 15.7 points and 13.2 assists in those dozen games, which include a pair of 20-assist games and 10 double-doubles.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Suns: Josh McRoberts Out For Fifth Straight Game, Plus Probable Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers will try to win their seventh consecutive game at Staples Center on Tuesday night, hosting the Phoenix Suns in a Pacific Division battle. But the Lakers will have to do so without reserve forward Josh McRoberts, who is still suffering from a sprained left big toe. McRoberts will miss his fifth consecutive game tonight, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com.

The Lakers have beaten the Suns in seven of their last 10 meetings at Staples Center. Here is a look at the probable starting lineups for both teams Tuesday night:

Suns (4-4)

Point Guard: Steve Nash

Shooting Guard: Jared Dudley

Small Forward: Grant Hill

Power Forward: Channing Frye

Center: Marcin Gortat

Lakers (6-4)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Matt Barnes

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Tuesday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Host Suns Looking For Seventh Straight Win At Staples Center

The Lakers have beaten the Suns in seven of their last 10 meetings at Staples Center.

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