Kobe Bryant said before this much-hyped season that the retooled Lakers remain "my team."

So it wasn't Steve Nash, one of the best passers in NBA history, or Pau Gasol, one of the best passing big men in the game today, who changed the Lakers' entire approach with his passing.

It was Bryant, who had 11 assists Tuesday night to cap the highest three-game assist output of his career (39 total) to encourage another night of feel-good sharing and winning for the Lakers.

The Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets, 111-106, for their third consecutive victory and to reach 20-25 for the season. They had 34 assists on their 39 field goals compared to New Orleans' 21 on 39 field goals.

"We have a bunch of guys now who can hit shots, not one or two," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.