LOS ANGELES -- Whenever Kobe Bryant spots Phoenix coming up on the schedule, he makes it a point to tell anyone within earshot about how much he dislikes the Suns.
"Yeah, I definitely feel that way," the league's leading scorer said. "There's a lot of history between these two franchises and things have been said that I'll never forget."
On Friday night he reminded Phoenix how deep his feelings run, scoring 36 points to lead the Lakers to a 111-99 win at STAPLES Center. In two games against the Suns, Bryant has scored 84 points, dropping 48 on them when they met on January 10th. The Lakers won that one as well, 99-83.
Los Angeles is now 18-12--13-2 at STAPLES Centerand rank fifth in the Western Conference. The Suns have now lost four straight and are 12-197-11 away from homeand currently out of the playoff picture.
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