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    NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Phoenix



    (Monday, March 18th)

    Final Score: Phoenix 99, LA Lakers 76

    Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points in a one-sided fourth quarter as the Phoenix Suns took care of the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers, 99-76, at US Airways Center.

    Wesley Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Goran Dragic had 12 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which snapped a four-game slide by winning the final stanza by a 28-10 margin.

    Jared Dudley chipped in 13 points for a Suns bench that outscored Los Angeles' reserves, 52-17.

    The Lakers were without Bryant (ankle) for both games of a back-to-back and were unable to find much offense, as they made just 33 percent of their shots in their lowest scoring output of the season.

    Steve Nash scored a team-high 19 points for Los Angeles, while Dwight Howard totaled 16 points and 11 boards in the setback, just the club's fourth in 15 games since the All-Star break.

    "I think we ran out of gas and got in a couple of wrestling matches," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We just didn't play well, didn't shoot well, and didn't take care of the ball very well and got beat."

    Trailing 25-21 entering the second, the Suns went to their bench, which scored 22 of the team's 26 points in the frame.

    The effort helped Phoenix enter the locker room with a 47-44 lead, and a Dragic-led 11-2 run in the third gave the Suns a 69-58 cushion. Dragic scored two points and had three assists during the run, including a perfect skip pass to Dudley that went through Nash's legs.

    Antawn Jamison, one day after netting 27 points in a win over the Kings, scored his only points on a 3-pointer in the final minute of the third to pull Los Angeles within 71-66.

    Phoenix scored the first five points of the fourth and pulled away for good midway through the frame with a 9-0 spurt that made it an 87-70 game.

    Scola put the finishing touches on the rout with a rare 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. It was his third triple in 30 career tries from long range.

    "We had a great team effort tonight," Suns head coach Lindsey Hunter said. "I think every guy on our bench, the bench guys that didn't play, everybody was very supportive. That is the type of team building we are trying to get here. That is the type of culture that we are trying to have."

    Game Notes

    The home team has won nine straight in this series ... The Lakers have lost four straight in Phoenix ... The Suns had 11 more second-chance and fastbreak points ... Howard shot 6-of-18 from the field, while Nash was 6-of-17.

    03/19 01:32:00 ET

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