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Five takeaways from Lakers' loss to Phoenix

The Lakers couldn't take care of the ball against the Suns

The Lakers keep losing, five in a row and no end in sight. Here are five takeaways from their 115-100 loss Monday at Phoenix.

1) Turnovers, turnovers. The Lakers had 23 in all and six — six! — by Jordan Hill. Wesley Johnson somehow had four, as did the suddenly pass-oriented Nick Young.

2) Young broke out of a horrible January slump with 24 points on seven-for-12 accuracy. He was shooting 29% this month before Monday. He also had three assists, and the joke among reporters was whether it was a season-high or career-high. (Yes, season-high but not a career-high.)

3) Jeremy Lin was solid with the ball, handing out 10 assists and adding 10 points. But the Suns’ three guards of note averaged 21.6 points and 5.3 assists.

4) Jordan Clarkson had the Lakers’ play of the game, a put-back dunk in the second quarter that surprised everybody. But he made only two of seven shots and was beat by Isaiah Thomas on a few occasions.

5) The Suns won’t go far in the playoffs because of a total lack of a post presence. But they’re fun to watch when they’re hitting their shots and nobody has a deeper backcourt than Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.

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