The Lakers were led by
As a team, Phoenix shot 51.8% from the field and 19 for 21 from the line. The Lakers hit 48.8% of their shots from the field and had 32 free-throw attempts (making 25).
Phoenix held a sizable advantage on the boards with a 43-33 advantage, led by P.J. Tucker with a game-high 11.
The Lakers fall to 10-11, losing their second-straight game. They'll start a four-game road trip in five nights on Friday in Oklahoma City.
The Suns (12-9) return home to host the
For the third straight quarter, the Suns extended their lead over the Lakers to 14 points. For the third straight quarter, the Lakers closed the gap by the end of the period to five.
The Lakers actually climbed to within a single point, down 73-72, but the Suns pushed back with
The Lakers shot 49.1% from the field. The Suns hit 50.7%.
The Suns had pushed their lead back to 14, and once again the Lakers whittled their deficit down to five by the end of the period.
The Suns opened an early seven-point lead before the Lakers pushed back to tie at 14. By the end of the period, Phoenix had extended their advantage back to five.
The Lakers (10-10) play their second game with Kobe Bryant this season on Tuesday as they host the Phoenix Suns (11-9).
Phoenix has been surprise this season. The Lakers won't have an easy night against the Suns' youthful depth.
Bryant, along with the rest of the Lakers' starting unit, looked rusty in a loss on Sunday against the
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Suns.