Lakers Gameday | 11/02/07 | Lakers 119, Suns 98

Team 1 2 3 4 F
Los Angeles Lakers 33 30 32 24 119
Phoenix Suns 20 30 17 31 98

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Lakers’ Bench Helps Rout Suns
By BOB BAUM

Vladimir Radmanovic made all four of his 3-pointers and scored 19 points, and Kobe Bryant added 16 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a stunning 119-98 rout of listless Phoenix in the Suns' home opener on Friday night.

The capacity crowd at US Airways Center booed the home team, often, for the first time in recent memory as the Suns lost at home to the Lakers for the first time since Steve Nash came to Phoenix in 2004.

Phoenix, the three-time defending Pacific Division champion, fell behind by 17 in the second quarter, 29 in the third and an embarrassing 33 in the fourth, giving up a seemingly endless series of layups, dunks and open jumpers.

Radmanovic, questionable before the game because of a sore throat, shot 6-of-7. Bryant, coming off a 45-point game in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to Houston, was just one of the guys in this one as five Lakers reached double figures.

The Lakers shot 57 percent, 8-of-13 from 3-point range. Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Leading 63-50 at the half, the Lakers outscored Phoenix 27-11 to go up 90-61 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter on Ronny Turiaf's dunk, on a pass from Bryant.

After Boris Diaw scored four, Radmanovic made a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer and Los Angeles led 95-67 entering the fourth.

Amare Stoudemire was 2-for-10 shooting for four points and had one rebound in 24 miserable minutes for Phoenix.

Nash had 19 points but only three assists and sat out the fourth quarter, as did most of the Lakers' starters. Leandro Barbosa led the Suns with 23, 17 in the fourth quarter. Shawn Marion had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Grant Hill scored 12 in his first home game for the Suns.

In a late-game exchange with the Lakers' coaching staff during a timeout, Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni shouted "We're good. We've got three more games.''

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Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 1-1
Streak: Won 1

INJURY REPORT
-Kwame Brown: Left Ankle Surgery - Probable.
-Kobe Bryant: Sprained Right Wrist - Probable
-Maurice Evans: Strained Left Hamstring - Probable
-Lamar Odom: Left Shoulder Surgery - Out
-Vladimir Radmanovic: Sore Throat - Probable
Phoenix Suns
Record: 1-1
Streak: Lost 1

INJURY REPORT
None

POST-GAME NUMBERS
  • 11 - Eleven of the Twelve Lakers in uniform scored (Brian Cook being the only exception) and everyone that did score had at least six points. Vladimir Radmanovic lead the charge with 19 points on six of eight shooting. Kobe Bryant added 16 while logging a game high 28 minutes (which should be a stat of it's own as eight Lakers logged at least 20 minutes, but no one went for more than 25 except Kobe).
  • 54 - rebounds for the LA and only 34 for the Suns. Both big men that dressed, Andrew Bynum & Kwame Brown went for dobule digits.
  • +26 - Jordan Farmar pushed the ball hard in the opening game and continued his fine play logging a +26 in just 21 minutes on the floor. A stellar game from the point guard spot as Derek Fisher and Farmar combined for a +45. A welcome change from last year's point guard woes against Phoenix.
  • 20 - about the only bad thing that can come from this contest is the 20 turnovers committed by the Lakers. The end of the game saw a lot of faces that don't usually play that much, but five of the twenty belonged to Kobe Bryant who had turnover trouble in the pre-season and also had five turnovers against Houston.
  • --- Ty Nowell, Lakers.com
    PHOTOS

    Lakers Best
    Points

    V. Radmanovic
    19
    Rebounds

    A. Bynum
    13
    Assists

    K. Bryant
    4
    +/-

    K. Bryant
    +27