NBA Scores And More: Lakers Outlast Suns In Triple OT; Bulls Dominate Hawks

The Lakers and Suns played a classic that stretched to nearly 2 a.m. ET. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 42 points. In other action, the Bulls slaughtered the Hawks and the Blazers squelched the Wizards.

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Suns Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Finally Break Phoenix In Third Overtime

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 42 points as the Los Angeles Lakers quarreled with the Phoenix Suns through three overtimes before finding judgment by the score of 139-137 on Tuesday. Bryant actually flirted with a triple-double, with 12 rebounds and nine assists. When you go 63 minutes, as the Lakers and Suns did, everyone has a solid chance at lots and lots of rebounds. Some 108 rebounds were available during the course of the game, as the team took a combined 226 shots.

Channing Frye was the hero for the Suns, with 32 points, 14 rebounds and a few clutch shots. And no matter what happens to the Suns the rest of this season, history will smile on them as players who never, never quit. Down 21 in regulation and trailing in each overtime period, Phoenix continued to fight. It nearly earned the team an improbable win it needs in its quest for a playoff birth. Instead, the Suns remain in the back seat, while the Lakers take further advantage in the No. 2 spot.

Frye played 57 minutes, and Lamar Odom -- starting for a suspended Andrew Bynum -- played 55. Marcin Gortat was downright Odomesque, with 24 points and 16 rebounds in 53 minutes. The game was remarkably clean; the Lakers somehow committed just nine turnovers, and the Suns 13. (The Kings can do 13 in a quarter.) Few players had objectively bad nights, though Derek Fisher -- the great clutch bogeyman -- qualifies; he shot 0-7 in 46 minutes, his only points on a pair of free throws. And you know he's not out there for defense, not as Steve Nash carves out 19 points and 20 assists.

In case you thought the world was fair: the Lakers are off until Friday, while the Suns play Wednesday. Gortat, Frye and Nash might need to play with IVs.


Bulls Vs. Hawks: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng Knock Atlanta Out

As it turns out, the Atlanta Hawks didn't stand a chance against the scorching Chicago Bulls, who won Tuesday's matchup 114-81. Derrick Rose scored 30 points on 11-20 shooting, and Luol Deng added 27 on 10-15. The Bulls led by as many as 47 in the fourth before garbage time shrunk the margin a bit. It was an incredible beating, one the Hawks -- or those who picks the Hawks to win so much as one playoff game -- shouldn't forget.

Deng played the first 15 minutes of the game, and had 16 points on 6-7 shooting to show for it. Rose finished the first quarter with nine points and five assists as the Bulls opened up a 10-point lead; a bench attack led by C.J. Watson had doubled the margin by the time Rose returned seven minutes into the second. From there, Rose and Deng put the game out of reach, combining to score 32 points between the back half of the second and the end of the third. The Bulls led by 38 at the end of the three, and the bench took it from there.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 20, 17 of which were scored in the uncontested fourth. Al Horford and Josh Smith availed themselves on offense with 14 apiece, but no Hawks played well on defense.


Wizards Vs. Blazers: Gerald Wallace, Portland Destroy Washington

The Portland Trail Blazers had no problems stripping the Washington Wizards and running circles around them en route to a 111-76 victory. The Wizards actually did most of the damage themselves, with 27 turnovers and by shooting 37 percent from the floor. The Blazers had solid leads in the second quarter -- 15 points midway through, 19 by the end -- but the Wizards conceded at halftime and let Portland savage them in the second half.

Gerald Wallace led the assault with 28 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Nicolas Batum (22 points, 12 rebounds, three steals) and LaMarcus Aldridge (22 points, six rebounds) were also excellent. Brandon Roy got away with an 0-6 night -- imagine how the team would have been if Roy was on! -- and, frankly, Portland's guard play is still oddly underwhelming, despite the presence of four starting-level players. Otherwise, Aldridge at center is paying some level of dividends; it's hard to argue with results like this.

JaVale McGee may play for an awful, awful team, but the bro knows how to drop jaws. Check out his Laphonso Ellis block.

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