Phoenix tried to make some runs in the second half but never truly challenged the Lakers, who improved to 25-48.
The Suns got a spark from Gerald Green off the bench with 22 points, but Phoenix struggled defensively for most of the night.
The Suns (44-30), fighting for playoff position, shot only 38.5% from the field, getting 17 points from
The win could be costly for the Lakers, who are now tied with the
The Lakers play again on Tuesday, hosting the
The Suns weren't able to gain much traction for a comeback in the third quarter, still down big to the Lakers.
The Lakers are shooting 54.0% from the field and are holding a big lead despite shooting only 4 of 12 from three-point range.
Gerald Green has 19 points off the bench to lead the Suns, while starting point guard
Gerald Green sparked a Phoenix run to make up all of the Suns' first-half deficit, giving his team a one-point lead almost halfway through the second quarter.
Green's scoring jag ended with just over five minutes left in the period, with the Suns trailing the Laker, 40-39.
Over the next four minutes, the Lakers scored 17 unanswered points to pull ahead of Phoenix, 57-39.
The Lakers are shooting 52.2% from the field and have three turnovers.
Green leads the Suns with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The Suns are shooting only 34% from the field.
The Lakers started well against the Suns, pulling ahead by as many as 13 points before finishing the first quarter ahead by 11.
The Lakers (24-48) host the Phoenix Suns (44-29) on Sunday night at
Phoenix is fighting to hold onto a playoff spot in the Western Conference, while the Lakers have been long eliminated.
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