ESPN: Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were dominant forces on the same court where they were All-Star Game co-MVPs three weeks ago.
Give this one to Shaq and the Suns.
O’Neal scored 33 points and Phoenix overcame Bryant’s 49-point performance to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111 on Sunday.
Matt Barnes added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Suns, without Steve Nash for the third straight game because of a sprained right ankle, defeated the Lakers for the first time in four tries this season.
Pau Gasol added 30 for Los Angeles, loser of two in a row for just the third time this season.
“We’re going through a period right now where everybody’s just kind of tired a little bit,” Bryant said. “It happens. … Everybody kind of goes through it a little bit. And this two games, we’ve been playing lethargic. It’s that point in the season where we kind of hit it. The key for us is to snap out of it.”