LOS ANGELES— Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Ron Artest added 15 points and five steals, and the Los Angeles Lakers raced away from the Phoenix Suns in the second half of their ninth straight victory, 108-88 Sunday night.
Pau Gasol scored 14 points for the well-rested Lakers, who improved to an NBA-best 16-3 with their second home win in 24 days over road-weary Phoenix.
Two nights after Bryant banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a one-point win over Miami, the Lakers didn't need another lucky shot. They made a 15-1 run late in the third quarter, holding Phoenix without a field goal for 30x00BD> minutes.
Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who scored their fewest points of the season while playing in their sixth city in 10 days.
CAVALIERS 101, BUCKS 86: At Milwaukee, Delonte West scored 14 of his season-high 21 points in a 29-0 first-half run to lead streaking Cleveland. LeBron James had 14 points and 10 assists for his fourth straight double-double. After opening the season 3-3, the Cavaliers have gone 12-2 to improve to 15-5. Former Bucks guard Mo Williams scored 13 points for the Cavs, Shaquille O'Neal had 10 points in 16 minutes, and Anderson Varejao added 12 rebounds.
HEAT 115, KINGS 102: At Sacramento, Calif., Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 10 assists and Miami never trailed against the Kings. Michael Beasley had 20 points, helping the Heat beat Sacramento for the 11th time in 12 games. Quentin Richardson made five 3-pointers and also had 20 points. KNICKS 106, NETS 97: At New York, Larry Hughes scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter, and New York sent New Jersey back to its losing ways. Al Harrington had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks in their third victory in four games.
PISTONS 98, WIZARDS 94: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Charlie Villanueva added 18 as Detroit beat Washington in coach Flip Saunders' first game at the Palace since being fired by the Pistons after the 2007-08 season.