Bryant’s offense not enough for LA

Los Angeles: Despite Kobe Bryant taking over the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense, the Phoenix Suns still churned out a 112-106 win on Tuesday night.

Gerald Green scored 26 points off the bench, Markieff Morris had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Suns overcame Bryant’s 39-point performance to keep the Lakers winless this season.

nba-logoIsaiah Thomas scored 22 points in a reserve role for Phoenix, which survived a tricky fourth quarter period to beat the Lakers for the second time in seven days.

Raptors beat depleted Thunder

Toronto: DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 and the Toronto Raptors beat Oklahoma City Thunder 100-88 on Tuesday night.

The Thunder are off to their worst start since going 1-15 in the 2008-09 season. Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 11 rebounds for a short-handed Oklahoma City team playing the second game of a back-to-back.

Jackson added 13 points and a career-high 14 assists. Lou Williams scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and Tyler Hansbrough got eight of his 12 at the free-throw line as the Raptors improved to 3-1.

Less than a minute into the second half, forward Perry Jones went down clutching his right knee after colliding with Toronto’s Patrick Patterson. Jones, who banged his knee in Monday’s loss at Brooklyn, had to be helped to the locker room and did not return.

The Thunder already were without guard Andre Roberson, who left Monday’s game with a sprained left foot and was wearing a protective boot on Tuesday.

Rockets go past Miami

Miami: James Harden was one rebound away from a triple-double and Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat 108-91 on Tuesday night.

Harden finished with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Houston, which has won all five of its games — four on the road — by double digits.

Trevor Ariza added 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Patrick Beverley scored 15 for Houston. Chris Bosh scored 21 points for Miami (3-1). Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, with Shawne Williams and Mario Chalmers each scoring 12.

Results: Milwaukee Bucks 87 Indiana Pacers 81, Houston Rockets 108 Miami Heat 91, Washington Wizards 98 New York Knicks 83, Oklahoma City Thunder 88 Toronto Raptors 100, Orlando Magic 90 Chicago Bulls 98, Charlotte Bobcats 91 New Orleans Pelicans 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 82 Portland Blazers 101, Phoenix Suns 112 LA Lakers 106

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Miami Heat vs Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzles vs Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers vs Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings

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Vishnu Ravi Shankar
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