Suns take down Bryant-less LakersApr 8, 2012 - 5:35 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Shannon Brown had 24 points and the Suns took down the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, 125-105, on Saturday.
Bryant's consecutive games streak came to an end at 138 due to an injured left shin.
Michael Redd added 23 points for Phoenix, which made 14 three-pointers and set a franchise record for the fewest turnovers in a game with three.
Marcin Gortat ended with 14 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix, which got 13 points apiece from Sebastian Telfair, Markieff Morris and Steve Nash.
"It was good. We took care of the ball tonight and we gave ourselves a lot of opportunities to shoot the ball at the basket," Nash said. "And we're a good shooting team, so usually if we get a lot of shots we're going to make enough."
Pau Gasol had 30 points and 13 boards for the Lakers, who have lost two in a row. Andrew Bynum donated 23 points and 18 boards.
The Lakers actually controlled play in the first quarter, as they led by as many as 10 and took a 32-24 lead into the second.
But the Suns dominated the second frame to switch the momentum. Trailing by four, 44-40, with 6:55 left, Phoenix went on an 18-6 run. Redd tallied nine points during the surge, which Telfair capped with a jumper for a 58-50 lead with 2:55 to go.
The Suns scored a season-high 38 points in the second stanza and took a 62-57 edge into the locker room.
Ahead 81-75 with 5:33 left in the third period, Phoenix put together a 12-4 run to create some distance. Josh Childress' alley-oop layup made it 93-79 with 2:10 to go. The home team took a 99-83 margin into the fourth.
Phoenix led by as many as 22 in the fourth.
"It's the same old, same old that's happened to us the last 8 out of 10 games or so," Lakers head coach Mike Brown said. "We haven't quite figured out how to play at the pace of this new pace that we're playing at and defend at the same time. And that's the way Phoenix plays. They like a high tempo or a fast paced game with a lot of possessions and they've done that for years."
The Suns and Lakers split four meetings this season...The Lakers started a three-game road trip on Saturday...Los Angeles went 1-for-9 from three-point range, while Phoenix went 14-of-29 from beyond the arc.
- LOS ANGELES: 105
Apr 8 12:16 AM
- LOS ANGELES: 83
End of 3rd
Apr 7 11:46 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 57
Apr 7 11:08 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 32
End of 1st
Apr 7 10:35 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Apr 7 10:12 PM
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