INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Kobe Bryant scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half and Dennis Rodman had 17 rebounds to remain unbeaten with the Lakers as Los Angeles beat Phoenix 101-95 Wednesday night.
Winning their fifth in a row and beating the Suns for the second time in three nights, the Lakers reeled off a 12-0 spurt in the fourth quarter as they came from three points down to take an 87-78 lead.
Rick Fox came off the bench to spark the rally, hitting a 15-footer, then a pair of 3-pointers to put Los Angeles up 81-78. After a layup by Shaquille O’Neal, who finished with 27 points, Bryant hit three jumpers to keep the Lakers in control.
Cliff Robinson scored 20 off the bench for Phoenix, and Tom Gugliotta had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lakers’ winning streak began a day after Del Harris was fired as coach a week ago, when they were in a three-game losing slump. They are 4-0 since Rodman joined them and Kurt Rambis was named coach.