Bryant scores 27, but Suns hold off Lakers in overtime

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sporting Alert) — Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green both starred off the bench for the Phoenix Suns to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 in overtime in a preseason game at Honda Center on Tuesday night.

Thomas scored a team-high 26 points on 6 of 12 shooting in his 31 minutes, while Green added 21 points and went 4 of 9 from three point range in the victory for the Suns, who outscored the Lakers 20-14 in overtime after both teams were locked at 94-94 at the end of regulation time.

Kobe Bryant, who started slowly, recovered to lead the LA Lakers with a game-high 27 points in 34 minutes, with Wesley Johnson and Jeremy Lin, returning from an ankle injury, both adding 15 points apiece.

Bryant knocked down a 17-footer to tie the game at 88-88 with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter.

The star shooting guard then scored his team’s next six points to give the Lakers a 94-91 lead with 0:12 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

But with 0:01 seconds to go and the Lakers up by two, Thomas made a jumper to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Green then scored 10 of Phoenix’s total points in overtime, including the go ahead three pointer with 3:01 left, as Los Angeles failed to hit their shots in the extra period.

Goran Dragic had 15 points for the Suns, while Eric Bledsoe, with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Shavlik Randolph, 10 points (five in overtime) and six rebounds, played good supporting role in the victory.

Jordan Hill finished with 14 points and seven boards and Carlos Boozer added 12 in the defeat for the Los Angeles Lakers, which played again without 40-year-old point guard Steve Nash, who is still suffering from a sore back.

Phoenix, which rested Zoran Dragic, Tyler Ennis and Alex Len on Tuesday night, now travels to STAPLES Center to face the LA Clippers on Wednesday night in their penultimate preseason game.

The Lakers, meanwhile, will meet the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday before wrapping up their exhibitions on Friday against Sacramento.

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