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               === Lakers back at home, welcome Suns to town ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The Los  Angeles Lakers completed their seven-game Grammy
 road  trip  4-3 and  finally return  back to the  Staples Center Tuesday night
 against the Phoenix Suns.
 
 The Grammy trip began with a loss in Phoenix, but the Lakers rattled off three
 straight  wins after that setback. They lost two of their last three, lost big
 man Pau Gasol, but still played good basketball.
 
 Problem  was,  they made up  almost no ground in  the standing. The Lakers are
 still  a disappointing 10th in the Western Conference, still have no Gasol and
 Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are still not on the same page.
 
 "Pau's  injury is  a big setback on  this road trip," admitted Bryant. "I felt
 like  this trip could have been a little bit more successful. All in all, it's
 okay."
 
 Okay is not enough for the Lakers anymore. They only have 30 games left to try
 and get into the playoffs with four Hall of Famers on their roster.
 
 The Lakers last loss of the trip came on Sunday in Miami against the defending
 champion  Heat. L.A. fell  107-97 as Bryant had 28 points and Earl Clark added
 18.  Steve  Nash netted 15  and is  13 points short  of 17,000 for his career.
 Howard also had 15.
 
 In  Nash's  return to Phoenix  on Jan.  30, the Suns  buried the Lakers in the
 fourth quarter, 29-13, to get the victory.
 
 Since  that emotional  win, the Suns are  1-5. They lost both games of a home-
 and-home  series  with the Oklahoma  City Thunder  and the most recent setback
 came at home on Saturday, 97-69.
 
 "I  think everybody  saw we were outplayed  in every aspect of the game," said
 interim  head coach Lindsey  Hunter. "You look at games like that and you take
 it  for what it  is worth. You move on. We have to start getting ready for the
 Lakers."
 
 The Suns committed 23 turnovers, shot 33 percent from the field and 28 percent
 from  the  3-point line.  Markieff Morris  was the only  Suns player in double
 figures  with 12 and starting two guard Jared Dudley only played a little over
 eight minutes.
 
 "I  wanted to  try and  get us  kick started  with Goran  (Dragic) at  the two
 (guard),"  Hunter explained.  "Then  when  the game  got  away  and we  really
 couldn't  get back there was no sense of bringing him back. I just let him sit
 and we will try again next game."
 
 "I  can't control playing time," said Dudley. "When I'm out there I'm going to
 play the right way."
 
 The  Suns  own the Western  Conference's worst road mark  at 5-22 and three of
 those five wins have come in 2013.
 
 Phoenix  and L.A.  split their  two meetings  this season  with the  home team
 winning  both times. The  Suns are 2-9 in their last 11 in Los Angeles against
 the Lakers.
 
 02/12 10:36:02 ET

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