|W. Johnson||SF||P. Tucker|
|P. Gasol||PF||C. Frye|
|R. Sacre||C||M. Plumlee|
|J. Meeks||SG||G. Green|
|K. Marshall||PG||G. Dragic|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until early February
S. Nash: Back Out until early January
S. Blake: Elbow Out until late January
X. Henry: Knee Out until early January
J. Farmar: Hamstring Out until early February
P. Gasol: Foot Probable
E. Okafor: Foot Out
E. Bledsoe: Knee Out
Green Leads Suns Past Struggling Lakers, 121-114
By Jose R. Romero | January 15, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) Gerald Green had a strong second half to finish with a season high 28 points and lead the Phoenix Suns in a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Channing Frye had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Markieff Morris scored 17 of his 24 in the first half to help the Suns snap a three-game skid. Goran Dragic added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Pau Gasol scored 24 points to lead the Lakers and Wesley Johnson had 22 against his former team.
Los Angeles, already short-handed with five players - including star Kobe Bryant - out with injuries, lost leading scorer Nick Young midway through the second quarter when he was ejected for throwing a punch at Dragic.
After being hit in the face going up for a layup by Phoenix center Alex Len, Young retaliated by shoving Len and then punching Dragic in the face while being pushed away from the fray.
Len was ejected as well, and the Suns' Marcus Morris was issued a technical foul for his role in the fracas. Young, who had nine points at the time, took off his jersey and tossed his undershirt into the crowd on his way to the locker room.
The Lakers led by 13 points in the second quarter after Young's ejection. A 3-pointer from the top of the key by Kendall Marshall gave the Lakers a 56-43 lead.
The Suns finished the quarter on an 11-2 run, topped off by P.J. Tucker's layup at the halftime buzzer to cut the Lakers' lead to 58-54.
The Suns led by eight in the first quarter, but the Lakers scored the last nine points of the period to take a 27-26 lead into the second. Back-to-back baskets by Chris Kaman put Los Angeles ahead.
Green scored 16 of his points in the third quarter, and his block Gasol's layup attempt started a fast-break that resulted in a basket by Dragic that put the Suns ahead 72-70.
Green's step-back 20-foot jumper gave the Suns a 79-74 lead with 4:09 left in the third. His chest-pass assist for Frye's dunk made it 86-79 for Phoenix with 55 seconds left.
The Lakers tied the score at 91 with Johnson's 3-pointer at the 9:53 mark of the fourth quarter. But back-to-back layups from Suns reserve Ish Smith made it 102-93, and the Suns were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
NOTES: The Suns are a win away from their first regular season sweep of the Lakers since the 2004-2005 season. ... Suns G Leandro Barbosa hurt his right shoulder late in the loss at New York on Monday, according to Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek. Barbosa did not play Wednesday but Hornacek hopes to have him available Friday against Dallas. ... Hornacek was issued a technical foul in the second quarter after arguing a non-call. ... With three point guards out, the Lakers went with former Suns first-round draft pick Marshall as the starter. Marshall, the 13th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft for Phoenix, finished with 10 points and 13 assists.
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All-Time Series Notes: This will be the 103
meeting between the two teams with the Lakers
holding a 60-42 series advantage … In their last 10 overall meetings, the Lakers are 5-5 against the
Cavaliers ... The Lakers are 11-3 all-time against the Cavaliers at STAPLES Center while in
Cleveland, they have gone 2-8 in their last 10 visits to Quicken Loans Arena ... In a game against
the Cavaliers 1/11/11 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers defeated Cleveland 112-57 ... The 55-point
margin of victory is the third largest in team history, while the 57 points allowed are the fewest by a
Lakers opponent in the shot clock era ... In 31 games against the Cavaliers (28 starts), Kobe
Bryant is averaging 23.6 points per game ... Bryant scored a series record 47 points 1/30/01 at
Cleveland, but has faced a variety of health-related issues when facing Cleveland in recent years ...
On 2/8/09 at Cleveland, Bryant played through the effects of flu-like symptoms ... In the prior
meeting on 1/19/09, Bryant suffered a dislocated ring finger on his shooting hand but continued to
play, marking the 3rd time Bryant has been injured against the Cavs ... In 2004, Bryant suffered a
sprained right shoulder that limited him to 17 minutes, five of which came after injuring his shoulder
in the final seconds of the 1st quarter (1/12/04) ... Bryant tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2
assists, playing five 2nd quarter minutes predominantly left handed ... The following season,
Bryant suffered a severely sprained right ankle after landing on Ira Newble’s foot with 5:39
remaining in the first period (1/13/05) and did not return until the Lakers/Cavs next meeting that
Connections: Cavaliers F Earl Clark played for the Lakers in 2012-13, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 59 games... Cavaliers F Alonzo Gee and Lakers G Nick Young were
teammates on the Washington Wizards for part of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons... Cavaliers G Jarrett Jack was teammates with Lakers guard Steve Blake on the Portland Trail Blazers
during the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons ... Jack was also teammates with Lakers G Xavier Henry and C Chris Kaman on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season ... Cavaliers
assistant coach Igor Kokoskov coached Lakers guard Steve Nash (2008-12) and Wesley Johnson (2012-13) while in the same role with the Phoenix Suns… Cavaliers assistant coach Bret
Brielmaier was college teammates with Lakers forward Jordan Hill at Arizona during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons ... Cavaliers C Tyler Zeller played collegiately with Lakers G Kendall
Marshall at North Carolina during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons ... Kyrie Irving and Lakers forward Ryan Kelly were college teammates at Duke during the 2010-11 season … Cavaliers
head coach Mike Brown was head coach of the Lakers in 2011-2012 and part of 2012-13, finishing with a 42-29 regular season record and 5-7 playoff record ... Cavaliers assistant coach Bernie
Bickerstaff was in the same position on the Lakers during the 2012-13 season, and went 4-1 as the Lakers’ interim head coach ... Bickerstaff coached Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak
for five seasons, from 1976 to 1981, while an assistant on the Washington Bullets.