Up next for the Lakers: Friday vs. Phoenix

Lakers tonight

VS. PHOENIX

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: TV: FS West, ESPN; Radio: 710, 1330.

Records: Lakers 17-12, Suns 12-18.

Record vs. Suns: 1-0.

Update: Kobe Bryant, who's averaging a league-best 28.7 points, scored a season-high 48 the last time these teams met, a 99-83 Lakers win on Jan. 10. The Lakers have won 17 of their last 23 games against Phoenix, which has lost nine of 10 at Staples Center. Suns guard Steve Nash, 38, is leading the NBA in assists with an average of 10.7 a game, but his team has lost four of its last five games.

— Baxter Holmes

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