Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter after getting floored by a flagrant foul from Alex Len, who was ejected as well. Young seemingly threw a punch or two -- arguably forearm shoves -- that will likely lead to a suspension.
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 Eric Bledsoe (knee).
Injuries have decimated the Lakers, who play their next six games on the road. No Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry has been too much for the Lakers to handle -- losing Young Wednesday didn't help.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He also had five turnovers in 31 minutes.
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.
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 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.
Lakers guard Nick Young lost his temper after he was fouled hard and was ejected after throwing punches at two Phoenix players.
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 Alex Len. Tempers flared, notably from Young, who threw a punches at Len and point guard Goran Dragic.
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 Markieff Morris off the bench with 17 points. Gerald Green had 10 points.
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 Markieff Morris, who has nine points off the bench.
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 Eric Bledsoe to a knee injury.
After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, the Lakers will play on consecutive nights while trying to end their slide of 11 losses in their last 12 tries.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns.