Final Score: Phoenix 114, LA Lakers 108
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic had 31 points and five
assists as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 on Tuesday
Marcus Morris added 22 points, while Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 points and
nine assists for the Suns, who have won three of their last four games.
Kobe Bryant netted 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Lakers, who are 0-2
since he returned from Achilles surgery. Bryant had nine points, eight
rebounds, eight turnovers and four assists in his season debut Sunday.
"We have to get better defensively, right now we're struggling," Lakers head
coach Mike D'Antoni said.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but Bryant and
Jordan Hill netted four points apiece during an 11-2 run to whittle to gap to
73-72 late in the third.
Los Angeles, though, never got any closer.
Bledsoe, who recorded a pair of buckets in the final 25 seconds of the frame,
nailed a short jumper and drove coast-to-coast for a layup as the quarter
expired to give the Suns a 79-74 advantage.
Marcus Morris nailed a triple to give the Suns a 95-86 spread midway through
the final frame and the Lakers never cut the deficit below four the rest of
"We just continued to play our game and not slow down," Morris said of holding
off the Lakers down the stretch.
The Suns shot 51.8 percent (44-of-85) from the field, while Los Angeles shot
48.8 percent (39-of-80) from the floor ... Steve Blake had nine points and
nine assists for Los Angeles.
12/11 01:59:44 ET
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