Lakers Vs. Suns: Kobe Bryant Leads L.A. To Third Straight Win

Kobe Bryant has averaged 42.0 points per game in two games against the Suns this season.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Game Recap: Kobe Bryant Joins The 6,000-Rebound Club

Normally when discussing Kobe Bryant against the Phoenix Suns, points are the lead topic, and rightfully so. Bryant scored 36 of them on Friday night in the Los Angeles Lakers' 111-99 victory over the Suns at Staples Center, the third consecutive performance of 35 points or more for Kobe against Phoenix. But Kobe made news on the glass Friday night as well.

Bryant had nine rebounds against the Suns, giving him 6,005 boards in his career. Kobe became the ninth guard in NBA history to amass at least 6,000 rebounds:

Most All-Time Rebounds, NBA Guards
Rank Player Rebounds
1 Jason Kidd 8,305
2 Oscar Robertson 7,804
3 Scottie Pippen 7,494
4 Chet Walker 7,314
5 Clyde Drexler 6,677
6 Michael Jordan 6,672
7 Magic Johnson 6,559
8 Paul Arizin 6,129
9 Kobe Bryant
6,005

It should be noted that while the Elias Sports Bureau says Kobe is the ninth guard (including players listed as guard-forward or forward-guard as well) to achieve the milestone, Basketball-Refence.com also includes Dominique Wilkins (7,169 rebounds) as a forward-guard, but it appears he was not included on the Elias list.

Bryant is 85 rebounds shy of Shaquille O`Neal for fifth place on the all-time Lakers franchise leaderboard.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Final Score: Kobe Bryant Scores 36 In 111-99 Win

Kobe Bryant tallied 36 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at Staples Center. The win was the third straight conquest for the Lakers, who improved to 13-2 at home on the season.

The Lakers have beaten the Suns four straight times.

Bryant nearly outscored the Suns by himself in the third quarter, putting up 18 points (to 25 for Phoenix, who hit a pair of three-pointers in the final 35 seconds of the period) on 8-of-12 shooting in the quarter. The Lakers (18-12) led by as many as 20 points in the quarter.

Kobe, who made 14 of 25 field goals in the game, has 11 career games of 40 points or more against the Suns, including 126 total points in his last three contests against Phoenix. Bryant leads the NBA in scoring this season at 28.9 points per game.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 53.0% from the field and reached 100 points for just the fourth time in 30 games this season. Pau Gasol added 10 points and 13 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double.

Matt Barnes had a season-high 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, leading a reserve unit that totaled 34 points in the game.

Marcin Gortat had a monster game with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Phoenix (12-19), who shot 45.6% in the game. Steve Nash had 11 points and a season-high-tying 17 assists for the Suns, but also had a season-high seven turnovers. Former Laker Shannon Brown scored 15 points for Phoenix, including a thunderous putback dunk that had the crowd buzzing in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers and Suns will run it back on Sunday evening in Phoenix.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Game Score: Kobe Bryant, Strong Bench Lead L.A. To 57-48 Halftime Lead

The Los Angeles Lakers used an 11-0 second quarter run to take a 57-48 halftime lead over the Phoenix Suns Friday night at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant scored 14 points and had three steals to lead the Lakers, but Matt Barnes added 11 points off the bench as the purple and gold reserves showed signs of life for one of the few times this season.

Barnes, Troy Murphy, Steve Blake, and Andrew Goudelock combined for 24 points off the bench, and the quartet of reserves combined to make nine of 11 field goals, including a trio of three-pointers without a miss.

Andrew Bynum added 10 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes in the first half for the Lakers, who shot 56.8% (21 of 37) in the first half.

Marcin Gortat had 14 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix, who shot 51.2% (21 for 41) in the first half, but made just one of seven shots from beyond the arc. Steve Nash had 11 assists to go along with his three points, but also had an uncharacteristic six turnovers in 18 minutes.

The Suns outrebounded the Lakers 20-17 in the first half, but also had 15 turnovers.

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Lakers Vs. Suns Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers seek their third consecutive victory on Friday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns in a Pacific Division battle at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details for Friday night's contest, which is the first game of a home-and-home series:

Records: Lakers (17-12); Suns (12-18)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN, with Mark Jones and Jon Barry on the call; the game will also be on Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Streaming: ESPN3.com or WatchESPN.com

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 102.9 points per 100 possessions (15th in NBA); Suns, 101.9 (20th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 100.6 (10th); Suns, 105.5 (25th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 12-2 at home this season; the Suns are 7-10 on the road this season.

Streaks: The Lakers have won two straight and are 6-4 in their last 10 games; the Suns have lost three straight and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Series History: The Lakers have beaten the Suns in their last three meetings and are 7-3 in their last 10 regular season home games against Phoenix.

Season High: Kobe Bryant scored 48 points, an NBA season high in points, in the Lakers' 99-83 win over Phoenix on January 10 at Staples Center.

Double-Double Man: Pau Gasol, who scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds in the January 10 win over the Suns, has seven consecutive double-doubles, averaging 18.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in the last seven contests.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Home-And-Home With Phoenix Suns This Weekend

The well-rested Los Angeles Lakers have but one team to focus on for their upcoming weekend schedule. The Lakers, who last played on Tuesday night, an 86-78 home win over the Atlanta Hawks, host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at Staples Center, then fly to Arizona to battle the Suns at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Sunday night.

The Lakers (17-12) have beaten Phoenix three straight times, including a 99-83 win against the Suns on January 10. In that game, the Lakers closed the game with a 16-1 run and were led by Kobe Bryant, who scored an NBA season-high 48 points in the victory.

The Lakers are 12-2 at home this season, and have beaten the Suns two straight times at Staples Center. But the Lakers are just 5-10 on the road this season, though they have won three straight contests in Phoenix. The Suns (12-18) have lost three straight games and four of their last five.

Friday: Suns at Lakers, 7:30 p.m. PST (ESPN, Fox Sports West)

Sunday: Lakers at Suns, 5 p.m. PST (KCAL)

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