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Despite Kobe Bryant's 39 points, Gerald Green and Phoenix Suns hold off winless Lakers 112-106

  • Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Carlos Boozer defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Carlos Boozer defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots as Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles .(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots as Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles .(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, left, tries to shoot while Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, left, tries to shoot while Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Gerald Green scored 26 points off the bench, Markieff Morris had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns overcame Kobe Bryant's 39-point performance to keep the Los Angeles Lakers winless with a 112-106 victory on Tuesday night.

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points in a reserve role for the Suns, who survived a fourth-quarter surge led by Bryant to beat the Lakers for the second time in seven days.

Bryant went 14 for 37 for the Lakers, who are off to their first 0-5 start since the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers lost their first seven games.

Bryant's third 3-pointer trimmed Phoenix's lead to 106-104, but Eric Bledsoe hit two free throws before P.J. Tucker punctuated his season debut with the decisive 3-pointer in front of the Lakers' bench with 19 seconds left.