The Lakers missed an opportunity on Wednesday night, losing to the Phoenix Suns, 92-86. Given their 20-26 record, the Lakers can't afford to miss many more.
The eighth-place Houston Rockets lost to the Denver Nuggets. The ninth-place Portland Trail Blazers were idle.
Instead of gaining a full game on the Rockets, the Lakers are still four back. A win would have brought the Lakers a half-game closer to the Blazers; instead they're now 3 1/2 games back.