Lakers lose fifth despite Kobe's 39

Phoenix hand Lakers a 112-106 defeat, the La side's 0-5 start to the season their worst since 1960.

    Bryant's 39 points were the highest by anyone in the game [EPA]
    Bryant's 39 points were the highest by anyone in the game [EPA]

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 39 points with nine rebounds but Gerald Green came off the bench to score 26 points as Phoenix beat Los Angeles 112-106.

    The Lakers, who are 0-5, are off to their worst start since the club moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season.

    Elsewhere, Guard Damian Lillard produced a game-high 27 points plus seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to a 101-82 win over the Cavaliers.

    Portland also got 21 points and six rebounds from guard Wesley Matthews. Center Robin Lopez added 19 points on 8 for-11 shooting to go with six rebounds.

    James Harden came within one rebound of a triple-double as the Houston Rockets remained undefeated by beating the previously perfect Miami Heat 108-91.

    Harden finished with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

    Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and forward Patrick Patterson added 14 as Toronto defeated Oklahoma City 100-88.

    Other results:

    Bulls 98, Magic 90

    Pelicans 100, Hornets 91

    Wizards 98, Knicks 83

    Bucks 87, Pacers 81

    SOURCE: Reuters


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