NBA Odds
NBA Extras
More NBA
NBA Gaming
More Basketball

Bryant scores 31 as Lakers drop Suns

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - A new coach is finally in place for the Lakers, but Mike D'Antoni and his crutches were unable to make it back in time for a reunion against the team where he rose to prominence.

Instead, D'Antoni will make his debut Sunday.

Kobe Bryant netted 31 points in the Lakers' 114-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Metta World Peace had 22 points, Dwight Howard tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 10 boards for Los Angeles, which has won three of its four contests under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff since a 1-4 start forced Mike Brown out of town.

Goran Dragic recorded 22 points and seven assists for the Suns, who have dropped three of their last four games.

11/17 01:04:36 ET