Lakers lose to the Suns, 102-90, in Phoenix
The Lakers can't get away from their poor play on the road, losing to the Phoenix Suns, 102-90, Sunday at US Airways Center.
The Lakers are 13-2 at home but a substandard 5-11 on the road.
Kobe Bryant's numbers looked nice at first glance (32 points, seven rebounds, five assists) but he committed an unsightly 10 turnovers and made only one of eight three-point attempts. Overall, he made 11 of 24 shots.
The Lakers were beaten badly in fastbreak points, 21-6, and they made only three of 18 three-point attempts (16.7%). They also made only 17 of 25 free throws (68%).
The Lakers trailed by 27 points at one time in the third quarter.
Jared Dudley scored 25 points for the Suns (13-19). Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Andrew Bynum had 16 points for the Lakers but didn't play as much as usual in the second half, replaced by Troy Murphy as the Lakers tried to shoot their way back into the game.
The road troubles are a worrying sign for the Lakers, particularly with games Wednesday and Thursday at Dallas and at Oklahoma City. First they take on Portland on Monday night at Staples Center.
The Lakers beat the Suns without much hassle last Friday, 111-99, but that was at Staples Center, of course.
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get past the tight defense of Suns forward Grant Hill in the first half Sunday evening in Phoenix. Credit: Roy Dabner / EPA