Kobe Bryant may be out again, but the Los Angeles Lakers are doing just fine without him.
A meeting with the Phoenix Suns may afford them the luxury of resting him again.
With the status of their superstar doubtful, the Lakers attempt to continue their surge and create some breathing room in the Western Conference playoff race against the Suns on Monday night.
Bryant is hampered by a sprained left ankle and an apparent flu, but Los Angeles (36-32) has won both games since he sustained the injury in Wednesday's 96-92 loss at Atlanta. He returned two days later, but exited after 12 minutes and no points in a 99-93 win over Indiana.
The Lakers knew they would be without their star guard Sunday, but they overcame his absence to beat Sacramento 113-102.
"We're just not making any excuses," said forward Antawn Jamison, who helped pick up the scoring slack with 27 points - his highest total in over three months - to match Bryant's season average. "We just looked ourselves in the mirro...