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.

The last time the Lakers won three consecutive games, they were relying on Bryant scoring at least 30 points every game. But Bryant has altered his method of attack after the initial plan for Nash to be the one carving up defenses and setting up teammates fizzled — and Bryant's teammates are responding.

"I didn't know Kobe could be so devastating that way," D'Antoni said.

The Lakers let their lead against New Orleans drop from 18 points to one down the stretch, but then Bryant passed out of a double-team trap to an open Earl Clark, who quickly sent the ball to Nash for a perfectly timed 3-point shot with 1:21 to play.

The energy that D'Antoni expected would come on defense if the ball were shared better and quicker on offense has arrived — especially from Dwight Howard, who had 24 points, five steals and four blocks.

Bryant finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, and at times Gasol's passing (seven assists) was even more impressive than Bryant's. Nash had 12 points, making four of his five shots.