PHOENIX (AP) -Shaquille O'Neal scored 33 points and the Phoenix Suns overcame a 49-point performance by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111 on Sunday.
Matt Barnes added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Suns, without Steve Nash for the third straight game because of a sprained right ankle, beat the Lakers for the first time in four tries this season.
Pau Gasol had 30 for the Lakers, back-to-back losers for only the third time this season.
After his 45-point game against Toronto on Friday night, O'Neal has consecutive 30-point games for the first time since March 5-7, 2004, when he and Bryant were teammates in L.A.
Bryant made 18 of a season-high 38 attempts in the 96th 40-point game of his career.
Leandro Barbosa added 22 points and Grant Hill had 17 for the Suns, who improved to 6-2 since Alvin Gentry replaced the fired Terry Porter.
Pistons 105, Celtics 95
BOSTON (AP) - Richard Hamilton had 25 points, Tayshaun Prince scored 15 and each hit a 3-pointer in the final 80 seconds to help the Pistons beat the Celtics.
so had nine assists in his second straight start since Allen Iverson returned to Detroit because of a stiff back. The Pistons had lost five straight regular season games to the Celtics - 9-of-11 including a six-game Eastern Conference final that sent Boston on its way to a record 17th NBA title.
Celtics forward Paul Pierce scored 26. Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis, starting in place of the injured Kevin Garnett, added 18 points.
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