March 18, 2013 |
The Lakers (36-32) have yet to win on two consecutive days this season. After a victory Sunday, they have the chance to get their first such pair of back-to-back wins in 14 tries as they visit the Phoenix Suns (22-45) on Monday. The Suns, losers of four straight, are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference. The Lakers lost in Phoenix on Jan. 30 in a game where Dwight Howard reaggravated his injured shoulder (torn labrum). The Suns almost made it two in a row on Feb. 12 but the Lakers had a fourth-quarter surge to win. Kobe Bryant scored just four points with eight turnovers but Howard finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
January 30, 2013 |
Suns 92 - Lakers 86 (end of regulation) The Lakers (20-26) lost a game they needed to win, falling to the Suns (16-30) in Phoenix with a fourth-quarter collapse. Where the lead was once 13, the Lakers were stuck on 78 points for almost four-full minutes. The Suns had closed within five when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his injured right shoulder, clearly in a significant amount of pain Howard would not return and the Lakers looked frazzled, especially defensively. Michael Beasley had a huge night with 27 points on 12-20 shooting, along with five steals. Beasley's lay-up under pressure with 42.5 seconds left proved to be the game winner.
December 1, 2012 |
It might have been a more plausible excuse had Gregg Popovich simply said he wanted to boost the sagging airline industry. The San Antonio Spurs coach sent his four best players home on a commercial flight before the final game of a six-game trip that included four games in five nights, all but guaranteeing a turbulent night for those who suited up Thursday against the Miami Heat. Nando de Colo, Matt Bonner et al., nearly pulled out a nationally televised stunner before Ray Allen's three-pointer with 22 seconds left helped the Heat hold on for a 105-100 victory.
February 19, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — This was like listening to a conversation in code, without the subtitles to translate their true meaning. Whatever the subtext, Kobe Bryant's voluntary and vehement insistence that the Lakers' management owes Pau Gasol some clarity on persistent trade rumors is likely to have more impact on the team's future than the game-high 32 points Bryant scored Sunday in a forgettable 102-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center....
January 5, 2011
Lakers tonight AT PHOENIX Time: 7:30 PST On the air: TV: Channel 9, ESPN; Radio: 710; 1330. Where: US Airways Center. Records: Lakers 24-11; Suns 14-18. Record vs. Suns: 1-1. Update: The Suns have struggled since shaking up their roster by trading Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. The Suns have lost five of their last six games, including a 94-89 setback Sunday at Sacramento.
December 19, 2010 |
The pain in his right knee struck Lakers center Andrew Bynum with 5:27 left in the game Sunday, right after he scored on an offensive rebound. Bynum reported no swelling in the knee he had surgery on last summer, the same knee that forced him to miss the first 24 regular-season games while he recovered. It was Bynum's fourth game back, and it was his best effort. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, including five on offense, and one blocked shot in 17 minutes 39 seconds.