Lakers vs Phoenix: Lakers lose, 121-116, as Suns burn them from three-point range
Suns 121 Lakers 116 (end of game)
The Lakers had no defense to stop the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night at Staples Center, especially from three-point range.
Phoenix set all kinds of three-point records against the Lakers, who have lost two consecutive games after winning their first eight.
The Suns were 22 for 40 from three-point range, one shy of the most three-pointers made in NBA history, a record held by the Orlando Magic.
Jason Richardson gave the Lakers fits, scoring 35 points on 13-for-20 shooting, seven-for-10 from three-point range.
Steve Nash had 21 points and 13 assists.
The Lakers had a chance at the end, when Lamar Odom scored to bring the Lakers to within 111-109, and he appeared to have been fouled by Hedo Turkoglu on the play.
When no foul was called, Odom yelled at the officials and was given a technical foul.
Nash made the free-throw, giving the Suns a 112-109 lead with 53.7 seconds left.
Then the Suns did what they had been doing best all game -- make another three-pointer. This was by Turkoglu for a 115-109 Suns lead that spelled the end for the Lakers.
The Suns broke a Lakers' opponent record for three-pointers made in a game, surpassing the old mark established by the Suns of 19 in January of 2009.
The Suns set a franchise record for three-pointers made as well, passing their mark of 20, which they did twice.
Suns 92, Lakers 84 (end of third quarter)
The Suns rattled in six more three-pointers in the third quarter against the Lakers, putting L.A. into a 13-point hole at one point.
By the end of the third quarter, the Suns had made 18 of 29 of their three-pointers.
Jason Richardson took the Lakers apart, scoring 34 points through three quarters, making seven of nine shots from behind the arc.
Suns 56, Lakers 53 (end of first half)
The Lakers got burned by the Suns hot shooting in the second quarter, particularly from three-point range.
Phoenix went seven for 11 from three-point range in the second quarter. The Suns were 12 for 20 from three-point range in the first half.
The Lakers were hit with a barrage of Suns three-pointers in one stretch that turned their six-point lead into a deficit.
The Suns made three consecutive three-pointers, all part of a 16-2 run that gave them a 56-48 lead over the Lakers.
Jason Richardson had 18 points in the first half for the Suns. He was seven for nine from the field, four for five from three-point range.
Lakers 25, Suns 23 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers shot 52.4% from the field in the first quarter.
Lamar Odom was the hottest Laker, scoring nine points on four-for-six shooting.
The Suns stayed close because they shot the ball well from three-point range -- five for nine (55.6%). Channing Frye was two for three from three-point range for the Suns.
A play by Kobe Bryant was a highlight.
Bryant pump-faked Grant Hill in the air and then intentionally threw the ball off the backboard. Bryant got the rebound and threw up a floater that went in for a 12-9 Lakers lead.
The Lakers are looking to bounce back after losing last Thursday night to the Nugggets in Denver.
The Lakers were prepared to face a Phoenix Suns team that LA has already defeated once this season.
Unfortunate for the Lakers, they didn't have reserve guard Steve Blake, who was home with gastroenteritis.
That could mean that Sasha Vujacic could get some playing time in the backcourt for the Lakers.
-- Broderick Turner