Kobe still win­less af­ter Suns beat Lak­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Los An­ge­les

Goran Dragic scored 31 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Lak­ers 114- 108 on Tues­day night, keep­ing Los An­ge­les win­less with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup.

Bryant led the Lak­ers with 20 points while play­ing 29 mostly sharp min­utes in his sec­ond game back from a nearly eight-month ab­sence with a torn Achilles ten­don.

Bryant led a fourth- quar­ter rally by the Lak­ers, who got within four points with three min­utes left be­fore Phoenix held on for its first three- game win­ning streak of the sea­son.

Mar­cus Mor­ris scored 22 points and Eric Bled­soe had 18 points and nine as­sists for the sur­pris­ing Suns, who never trailed af­ter the open­ing min­utes. Phoenix held off the Lak­ers with su­perb fourthquar­ter play from both Mor­ris brothers. Marki­eff Mor­ris had 15 points.

Phoenix hadn’t beaten the Lak­ers at the Sta­ples Center since Novem­ber 2010.

Bryant made just three turnovers against Phoenix af­ter com­mit­ting eight in his sea­son de­but two days ago, but had just two re­bounds and three as­sists.

The game was another bump in a long road for Bryant, who had nine points in a rocky sea­son de­but on Sun­day night.

He was un­able to rally the Lak­ers late in a loss to trad­ede­pleted Toronto, and he gave his per­for­mance an “F’’ af­ter the game, but up­graded the score to a “D’’ on Mon­day.

CHRIS CARL­SON / AP

Kobe Bryant drives to the bas­ket past Phoenix Suns’ PJ Tucker on Tues­day.

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