Without their leading scorer, the Lakers still managed to generate more than 110 points. Defense remained the issue as Phoenix scored 67 points in the second half.
The Lakers stayed closed but not quite close enough to put a scare into the Suns, who were playing without explosive guard
Injuries have decimated the Lakers, who play their next six games on the road. No
The Lakers shot 47.3% from the field but gave up 16 offensive rebounds to the Suns while collecting eight. Phoenix won the overall rebounding battle, 53-43.
Both teams had 17 turnovers. The Suns shot 49% from the field, led by Gerald Green with 28 points.
The Lakers (14-25) travel to Boston to play the
Third quarters have not been kind to the Lakers this season. Wednesday night was no exception as the Suns scored 34 points while holding the Lakers to 24 in building a six-point lead.
Five Suns are in double figures, led by Gerald Green with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting.
The Lakers shot 44.3% from the field, led by
The Suns missed 14 three-point attempts (3 of 17) but took advantage of the Lakers on the glass with 14 offensive rebounds, compared to the Lakers' seven. Phoenix shot 45.7% from the field.
With 7:33 left in the second quarter, Young was struck in the head and tumbled to the court when he was fouled on a layup by Suns center
Both Young and Len were ejected. The
Play eventually resumed, the Lakers closing out the half with a four-point halftime lead.
The Suns shot only one of 10 from three-point range and shot 44.2% from the field. Phoenix was led by
The Lakers made 12 of 13 free throws and shot 43.8% from the field.
With Young out, the Lakers have only eight players.
Despite a very slow start, the Lakers finished the first quarter with a one-point lead over the Suns.
The Suns have been led by
Phoenix shot 48% from the field but turned the ball over seven times. The Lakers had six turnovers but took the lead with nine unanswered points to close the quarter.
The Lakers (14-24) start a seven-game road trip Wednesday night as they take on the Phoenix Suns (21-16).
The Suns have dropped three straight and recently lost guard
The Lakers have a long list of players out of action, including
After losing to the
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