Imagine the shock of Lakers fans who watched Kobe Bryant refuse to shoot for the entire first half Tuesday night.

Imagine the utter amazement one particular courtside patron must have experienced seeing that unfold.

It happened in the Lakers' 91-85 victory over Phoenix at Staples Center on a night that had already begun with Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni calling it a "mystery" that his club hadn't discovered the magic of the pick-and-roll, even with Steve Nash running the show.

Add the riddle and enigma of Metta World Peace making outside shots, Dwight Howard driving from the wing for a basket and Antawn Jamison scoring 14 points.

Or Will Ferrell serving as an usher during a timeout, only feet from where Shaquille O'Neal sat.

Good thing it was the lowly Suns playing the foil, though even that proved to be a little dicey for the Lakers (25-28), who are trying to tread water in the playoff chase while Pau Gasol's foot heals.

Bryant's four-point game was his lowest since scoring five in a game three years ago.

"It was just one of those nights, he was trying too hard to get everyone else involved," D'Antoni said. "You've got to walk the fine line and he went way over the end of the line.

"He's got to get back in the middle, where he facilitates and is aggressive. It's got to flow that way."

Howard led the Lakers with 19 points and 18 rebounds and actually threw down a key dunk in the fourth quarter after setting a screen for Nash.