(AP) – Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry believes he needs someone other than Grant Hill to defend Kobe Bryant in order for his team to contain the league’s scoring leader.
Bryant doesn’t think it makes any difference who guards him.
Coming off another big performance against the Suns, Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers look to win a fourth straight game and sweep this home-and-home series Sunday night at the US Airways Center.
After finishing with a season-low 10 points on 5-of-18 shooting in Tuesday’s 86-78 win over Atlanta – the sixth time in seven games Bryant shot less than 40.0 percent – the 14-time All-Star busted out of his shooting slump Friday against the Suns. He finished with 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting to lead the Lakers (18-12) to a 111-99 victory, their third in a row following a 1-3 stretch.
“Obviously, Kobe went off,” said center Andrew Bynum, who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. “He had (36) points, and the rest of us were just kind of filling in the gaps.”...