Comfortably numb

Even without any feeling in his right arm, Kobe Bryant managed to do what he does best: make clutch shots.

Bryant made two three-pointers in the second overtime Saturday night, finishing with 38 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings, 112-103.

Bryant wasn't sure how the funny bone on his right elbow was hit but went to the locker room briefly for some therapy, then returned to play much of the fourth quarter.

"My arm went numb and it spazzed up," Bryant said. "My moment came for me to step up [in the second overtime]. The defense relaxed, [Donte Greene] put his hands down and left me open for those shots."

Billups on mend

Denver Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups will miss two more games to give his strained left groin time to heal.

Billups was hurt Dec. 16 against Houston and sat out three straight games. The all-star point guard returned on Christmas Day at Portland but did not play in the second half.

Billups is averaging 17.1 points and 5.7 assists this season.

Where's the defense?

Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry was not happy with the Suns' effort in a 132-127 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

"You give up 132 points, you're not guarding anybody," Gentry said. "We had guys that played well . . . but the bottom line is that they played harder than we did. We won't beat anybody in the Pac-10 if we turn it over for 35 points."

- Associated Press