NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at LA Lakers
(Thursday, November 12th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 121, Phoenix 102
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant finished with 29 points and Andrew Bynum had 26 points and 15 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Phoenix Suns, 121-102, at Staples Center.
Bryant and Bynum combined to shoot 26-of-39 for the Lakers, who shot a season- high 57.6 percent as a team on the way to their sixth consecutive victory. Lamar Odom ended with eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for LA.
Jared Dudley had 14 points to pace Phoenix, which shot 36.5 percent and lost for just the second time this season. The Suns had won four in a row since dropping a November 4 contest at Orlando.
Steve Nash finished with 13 points and five assists in the setback, as forward Amare Stoudemire shot 2-for-15 and finished with eight points.
"It was a tough matchup all around," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. "They took us out of almost everything we tried to do. They're a great basketball team. We fought to the end. It was a loss, but there were some positives that came out of it."
The Suns trailed by 14 at the break, but got within 65-55 on a Grant Hill basket nearly four minutes into the third quarter. However, the Lakers responded with a 15-0 run to break the game open.
Josh Powell had five points in the stretch before Bryant capped it with a basket for an 80-55 lead with under six minutes left. Los Angeles continued to lead by around 20 points, and Bynum's jumper gave the team a 92-71 advantage heading to the fourth.
Bryant then scored six of the Lakers' first eight points of the final quarter, and his short jumper about three minutes in gave LA a 100-75 lead. Bryant left in favor of a substitute shortly thereafter, as the Lakers cruised to the win.
"We came out in the third quarter and put this game out of reach," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "When Stoudemire goes 2-for-15, you're not going to see a night like that very often. I like the way our starters played. It was a good win for us."
Bryant had two baskets in an eight-point burst early in the first quarter, which gave the Lakers a 14-6 advantage. They continued to play in front and took a 31-24 advantage into the second.
Nearly midway through the second, Hill made back-to-back baskets to bring the Suns within 40-37. The Lakers responded with nine straight points, including four from Bryant, to extend their lead to double-digits. After Phoenix trimmed its deficit slightly, LA ended the second quarter with eight straight points to take control.
Bryant made 1-of-2 from the line to end the run, giving the Lakers a 59-45 lead at the break.
The Lakers won three of four in the 2008-09 season series...The Suns have lost three straight against the Lakers in LA...Louis Amundson and Earl Clark each scored 10 points for the Suns...The Lakers made 8-of-16 three-pointers, though only one player had more than one (Sasha Vujacic, going 2-for-3)...Shannon Brown had 10 points for LA.
11/13 02:57:53 ET