NBA: Lakers snap Suns winning streak
The Lakers are the culprit of snapping the Suns season-high six game winning streak after defeating Phoenix 115-99 last night.
Phoenix (44-30) started off slowly, shooting 7-28 in the first quarter, including 0-11 from behind the arch. They started the second quarter on a 22-10 run to take a 37-36 run, but the Lakers turned it on after that and never let up. In a blink of an eye the Lakers were up by 20 points. Los Angeles (25-48) would push that lead to 25 before the Suns cut into it, but were unable to cut it to single-digits again.
Chris Kaman played one of his better games in his career with 28 points (13-19 FG), 17 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kaman dominated the paint throughout the game as Phoenix’s big men could not stop him.
Jodie Meeks chipped in with 22 points, while fellow backcourt starter Kendall Marshall finished with a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. Ryan Kelly had 17 points off the bench and Kent Bazemore had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Gerald Green led the Suns in scoring with 22 points and seemed to be the only Suns player that had the ability to make a shot for a good eight minute stretch from the end of the first quarter and going into the first couple minutes of the second.
Markieff Morris had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Morris had 15 points, 6 boards, and 4 steals. The Morris twins effort, as well as Green, helped the Suns bench outscore the Suns starters 50-49.
The Suns were lucky last night that all of the other teams closest to them in playoff contention all lost as well. Phoenix remains at the 7th spot in the West, tied with Dallas and 0.5 games ahead of Memphis. They also remain 1.5 games behind Golden State for 6th place.
The Suns will be back in action on Wednesday when they will host Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.
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