The Suns struggled shooting the ball but made shots when it mattered to pull out the pre-season win over the LA Lakers.

The Suns had an early eleven point lead but the Lakers battled back thanks to sloppy play and poor shooting by the Suns. Markieff Morris was 1-7 in the first half. Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker were held scoreless. The Suns had 10 first half turnovers and ten assists. The Suns held Kobe Bryant to only five points in the first half. Gerald Green led the way with 11 points and was followed by 10 from Isaiah Thomas who was 8-8 from the free throw line. The score was 50-47 in favor of the Suns at half time.

The Lakers came out strong in the second half scoring the first six points to take a three point lead. Kobe Bryant was the leading force of the Lakers playing 33 minutes and scoring 27 points on 10 for 20 shooting. Eric Bledsoe started off the third quarter strong getting a couple quick buckets to stop the Lakers mini run. Eric Bledsoe ended with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks in 21 minutes of play. Bledsoe did not play in the fourth quarter.

The Suns battled back and fourth exchanging leads with the Lakers in the second half. Each team going on a few scoring runs. Jeremy Lin ended with 15 points and 5 assists, with zero turnovers. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and Jordan Hill had 15.

Goran Dragic had 15 points in 24 minutes. He also did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime. The fourth quarter and overtime belonged to Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green (21 points), and non other than Shavlik Randolph. Isaiah Thomas who had 26 points in the game hit a crucial mid range jump shot to send the game into overtime off of a Gerald Green miss. The score was tied at 94 at the end of regulation.

In overtime Kobe Bryant hit a couple buckets to keep the Lakers close before being pulled out with about 2:30 left in the game. Wesley Johnson hit a pair of three pointers to close the gap to one with 43 seconds remaining. The close score didn't phase Shavlik Randolph though it only made him stronger. Shavlik hit a three to push the Suns lead to four. A Lakers miss sealed the deal. Shavlik ended with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, while going 2/2 from deep. Shavlik is making a strong push for that last roster spot with his play tonight. The Suns final score was 114-108.

Next game: @ Los Angeles Clippers (1-4) Tomorrow Night at 7:30 PM (AZ Time)

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BEAT LA! BEAT LA!BEAT LA!

What: Phoenix Suns (3-1) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

When: 7:00 p.m. (AZ)

Listen: AZ Sports 98.7 FM (Locally or Streamed on the Internet)

The Suns are coming off a 121-90 blowout win on Thursday over the San Antonio Spurs in a game that didn't feature Greg Popovich, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, and Kawhi Leonard. The Suns easily took care of the Spurs in the second half. The Lakers are coming off a 98-91 win on Sunday over the Utah Jazz that included a 26 point game by Kobe Bryant and a 19 point game from Carlos Boozer.

The Suns and Lakers previous met on March 30th where the Suns lost 99 to 115 in LA. The Suns struggled shooting, especially the starters who shot a combined 13 for 44 from the field. The Lakers shot a combined 53% from the field led by ex-Laker Chris Kaman who had 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek stated that he's going tinker a little less with lineup over the next three games, but I still expect to see Hornacek dabble with Hydra again, having the Suns three premier point guards on the floor at the same time. Unfortunately don't expect Sir Lencelot, Alex Len, attempting to smack some sense into "Swaggy P" aka Nick Young this game because Nick Young is out with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Len is also questionable for todays matchup after recovering from a pinky fracture. Hornacek said if Len feels good he could end up playing. Len has been participating in full contact drills without complaints of his finger hurting. If Len is still out for this game Earl Barron should pick up some of Len's missed minutes along with Markieff Morris playing center in a small ball lineup.

Keys To The Game:

  • Slow Down Kobe Bryant. Expect to see the Suns best defensive studs, P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe, guarding Kobe.
  • Defending the Paint. Lakers coach Byron Scott has been wanting the Lakers to shoot less threes, which means the Suns should focus on clogging the paint, not allowing easy baskets inside.
  • Run the Fast Break. The Suns have a lot more offensive firepower than the Lakers. If the Suns play a fast paced game the Lakers shouldn't be able to keep up with the Suns pace.
  • Markieff vs Boozer. Both players are more known for their offensive games at the power forward position. Who ever can step up defensively will win this individual matchup.

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