Kobe Bryant went off for 36 points and added 9 rebounds leading Los Angeles to a 111-99 win over Phoenix on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Bettors who backed the Lakers were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 8 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 186.5.
Andrew Bynum had 17 points for Los Angeles and Matt Barnes chipped in with 17 points. Kobe Bryant had 6 assists for the Lakers, while Andrew Bynum was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 14 boards.
Phoenix got 21 points from Marcin Gortat in a losing cause and another 15 points from Shannon Brown. Steve Nash contributed 17 assists for the Suns, while Marcin Gortat had 16 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Los Angeles were victorious, as the score was 57-48 at the break.
The rebound battle favored Los Angeles as they grabbed 52 boards, while Phoenix only had 36.