Lakers Gameday


Lakers
115
25 - 48
Phoenix Suns

99
44 - 30

Tip-Off: 6:30PM PST

Sunday, March 30, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
PHX 15 28 31 25 99
LAL 26 35 28 26 115
Phoenix Suns

99
44 - 30

Kaman Helps Lakers Surprise Suns 115-99

By Joe Resnick on March 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Kaman had a career-high 28 points along with 17 rebounds while starting at center for the vertigo-stricken Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Phoenix' Suns' six-game winning streak with a 115-99 victory Sunday night.

The undermanned Lakers shot 53 percent from the field, avoiding what would have been Phoenix's first season sweep over them since 2004-05. The Suns won the first three meetings by an average margin of 13.3 points, including a 117-90 rout on Dec. 23 at US Airways Center. This was the first meeting between the teams in 2 1/2 months.
The 25-48 Lakers, returning home from a 143-107 shellacking by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, beat a team with a winning record for only the eighth time all season. Gasol missed his fourth straight game because of his ailment, joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar on the inactive list.

Gerald Green scored 22 points off the bench and Goran Dragic added 17 for the Suns, who missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 8-for-36 from behind the arc against a defense that came in having allowed an average of 119.1 in their previous 16 games and 108.9 overall - second-worst in the league behind Philadelphia. The Suns shot 38.5 percent overall.

The Suns' first loss since March 17 at Brooklyn dropped them to 44-30 and put them into a tie with idle Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference standings, a half-game ahead of Memphis.

Kaman, an 11-year veteran in his first season with the Lakers, secured his sixth double-double of the season before halftime with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles build a 61-43 lead at intermission.

Dragic, who came in with a team-best 20-6 scoring average, got seven of the Suns' first 13 points - but didn't get another one until his driving layup with 8:39 left in the third quarter trimmed the Lakers' lead to 70-48.

The Suns, who came in fifth in the league in 3-point shooting at 37.7 percent, didn't get their first one until Markieff Morris ended their drought with 8:45 left in the second quarter. His brother Marcus drained another one 34 seconds later and Green made a three-point play with 7:41 left in the half, tying it at 31 after Suns trailed by 13.

But the Lakers responded with a 28-9 run that included nine points by Meeks, and Ryan Kelly capped the rally with a pair of free throws to give Los Angeles a 59-40 cushion with 1:06 left in the third. The Suns got no closer than 11 points with 3:43 to play.

NOTES: The longest winning streak in Suns history was 17 games in 2006-07 under current Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. ... Kaman received a technical foul from referee Derrick Stafford after getting called for an offensive foul with the Lakers leading 80-55. ... The last time the Lakers hosted Phoenix on Dec. 10, they lost 114-108. That game was one of only six that Bryant has played in this season. ... The Suns are only 16-19 when Dragic is their high-point man. The rest of the time they are 28-10. ... The Lakers, who are last in the Pacific Division, are 4-8 against the other five last-place teams and 3-14 against first-place clubs. ... The three teams Suns coach Jeff Hornacek played for - Phoenix, Philadelphia and Utah - were a combined 26-36 against the Lakers when he was on their rosters.

Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers have dropped the first three games to the Suns this
season after splitting the last two season series’ 2-2.

All-Time Series Notes: The 2011-12 season’s split ended the Lakers run of four straight
season series victories over Phoenix ... This will be the 227th meeting between the two
teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 132-95 ... The Lakers are 21-7 against the
Suns all-time at STAPLES Center (regular season) and 8-2 in their last 10 home games
against Phoenix ... On the road, the Lakers have gone 3-7 in their last 10 visits to the Valley
of the Sun ... During the 2012-13 season, Lakers G Kobe Bryant scored 48 points 1/10/12
vs. Phoenix, marking the highest scoring output of his career in a game in which he did not
make a 3-point field goal …. In 60 career games against the Suns including 54 starts, Bryant
is averaging 26.1 points ... Against Phoenix on 2/12/13, however, he finished with just four
points (1-8 FG), five rebounds and a game-high nine assists, scoring the fewest points in a
game in which he started and played at least 11 minutes in his NBA career … In 2010-11,
the Lakers defeated the Suns in triple overtime at STAPLES Center on March 22, 2011 ...
The 3-overtime contest was the second ever in Los Angeles (1-1), fourth since the team
moved West prior to the 1960-61 season (2-2) and tied for the 2nd longest game in franchise
history behind a 4-overtime loss in January of 1980 at Cleveland …. In February of 2009,
Bryant shared MVP honors with then Sun Shaquille O’Neal at the 2009 All-Star Game in
Phoenix.

Connections: Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni (2003-04 to 2007-08) and Assistant Coach Dan D’Antoni (2005-06 to 2007-08) held the same positions with the Phoenix Suns…
D’Antoni won the 2004-05 Coach of the Year Award with Phoenix… Lakers G Steve Nash, who came to the Lakers via trade in 2012, spent 10 seasons in Phoenix (1996-98, 2004-12),
averaging 14.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 9.4 assists in 744 career regular season games while winning back-to-back MVP awards in 2004-05 and 2005-06.... Lakers F Wesley Johnson
also played for the Suns during the 2012-2013 season... Lakers Assistant Coach Kurt Rambis played 3½ seasons with Phoenix, averaging 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 153 games
(67 starts)… Lakers G Kendall Marshall was drafted by the Suns with the 13th
pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and played his rookie season (2012-13) with Phoenix… Lakers F Xavier Henry
played with Suns twin forwards Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris at the University of Kansas (2009-2010)... Henry, Lakers C Chris Kaman and Suns C Emeka Okafor were
teammates on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season... Lakers G Jodie Meeks (2006-2009) and Suns guards Eric Bledsoe (2009-2010) and Archie Goodwin (2012-
2013) all attended University of Kentucky... Lakers F Jordan Hill (2006-09) and Suns C Channing Frye (2001-05) both attended the University of Arizona.

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