LOS ANGELES (AP) - Goran Dragic scored 24 points, Eric Bledsoe had 20 of his 22 after halftime, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Isaiah Thomas added 15 points for the balanced Suns, who haven't lost with their new starting lineup. Phoenix weathered an impressive Los Angeles surge in the final minutes for its seventh win in eight meetings with the Lakers, who lost their third straight despite Kobe Bryant's return.
Bryant had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes during his first game back from a three-game absence to rest his aching 36-year-old body.
Nick Young hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points while taking up Kobe's scoring slack again for the Lakers, who got within one point late.