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NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at LA Lakers

(Thursday, February 26th)

Final Score: LA Lakers 132, Phoenix 106

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and had eight assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers shut down the Phoenix Suns, 132-106, at the Staples Center.

It was the first game between the teams since ex-Laker teammates Bryant and Suns center Shaquille O'Neal garnered co-MVP honors at the All-Star Game earlier this month. O'Neal was limited to 12 points and seven rebounds as the Suns, minus Steve Nash, lost to the Lakers for a third time in as many meetings this season.

Nash sat out with a right ankle injury.

Lamar Odom tallied 23 points and nine boards, and Pau Gasol totaled 16 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have won all six games coming out of the All-Star break to run their record to a league-best 48-10.

The Lakers set a season-high with 54 field goals made, shooting 57.4 percent. Odom was 11-of-12 from the field.

"I was able to catch the ball close to the basket," said Odom. "I had layups and open jumpers. When we defend well we're able to move the ball well. We were able to make plays. We feel like we can play better."

Leandro Barbosa had 18 points and Alando Tucker scored 16 points for Phoenix.

"They're good. We started off playing well then we turned it over, and you can't do that against that team," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "They took us out of stuff we tried to do."

Tucker's bucket midway through the opening quarter moved the Suns to a 20-17 lead, but the Lakers responded with 11 unanswered points, and Gasol capped the spurt with two free throws.

Los Angeles continued to pull away, with Jordan Farmar nailing a three-pointer in the final minute, helping the hosts to a 39-26 lead after 12 minutes.

Trevor Ariza started the second with a three-ball and LA maintained a comfortable double-digit lead all the all way to the half for a 70-55 cushion.

Bryant had the highlight basket of the night, a one-handed alley-oop jam off a feed from Gasol for an 88-68 lead midway through the third, and the difference stood at 102-81 moving to the fourth.

Ariza's three-pointer pushed the margin to 111-84 with nearly nine minutes remaining.

Game Notes

Goran Dragic had 14 points, while Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley each scored 13 for Phoenix...Sasha Vujacic had 14 points, Farmar 12 and Ariza 10...The Lakers converted 19 Phoenix turnovers into 31 points.

02/27 02:00:57 ET

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