Lakers Gameday

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Phoenix Suns
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Tip-Off: 7:00PM PT

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

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LAL 19 31 23 26 99
PHX 33 26 39 21 119
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Kobe Goes For 31 In Loss

Kobe Bryant scores 31 points in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix.

Lakers vs. Suns 10/29/14

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Kobe Goes For 31 In Loss

Kobe Bryant scores 31 points in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix.
Oct 29, 2014  |  00:00

Lakers vs. Suns

Eric Bledsoe scores 16 points and dishes out nine assists as the Suns defeat the Lakers in Phoenix.
Oct 28, 2014  |  00:00

Lakers vs. Suns: First half

Check out the first-half action from Phoenix.
Oct 28, 2014  |  00:00

Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 30 points

By Bob Baum on Oct 29, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers 119-99 on Wednesday night despite Kobe Bryant's 31 points.

Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, when the Suns outscored the Lakers 39-24 and led by as many as 29.

Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists before he drew his second technical foul and was ejected with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Lakers were blown out for the second night in a row, dropping their opener at home to Houston 108-90 on Tuesday night, losing first-round draft pick Julius Randle for the season with a broken leg in the process.

Marcus Morris scored 21 points. Twin brother Markieff added 12.

The high-energy Suns, who won a surprising 48 games last season but failed to make the playoffs in the tough Western Conference, made 16 3-pointers, one more than their high of last season.

Bryant, 11 of 25 from the field, didn't play in the fourth quarter. Ed Davis scored 14 points and Wayne Ellington 13 for Los Angeles.

The Lakers trailed only 61-55 after Jordan Hill's two free throws with 11:15 left in the third quarter. But Dragic led the Suns on a 34-11 outburst and Phoenix was up 95-66 after Marcus Morris' 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the period.

Bledsoe drew his second technical moments after referee Mark Davis told Suns coach Jeff Hornacek to calm the guard down. The second `T' came after Bledsoe collided with Bryant going for a rebound. Bryant also drew a technical foul in the game.

The Suns shot out to an 18-point first-quarter lead but the Lakers, with Bryant on the bench, used a 13-1 run to get back in it.

A pair of 21-footers by Ellington and one from the same range by Hill capped the run and cut it to 34-26. The Lakers cut the lead to four three times, the last at 43-39 on Bryant's 18-footer with 6:25 left in the half.

But Bledsoe came back in the game and scored seven consecutive points - a 3-pointer, slick fastbreak move and two free throws - to put the Suns up 50-39. They led 59-50 at the half.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Ellington was back after missing the opener with a concussion. ... Forward Ryan Kelly missed his second game with a sore right hamstring.

Suns: Forward P.J. Tucker is serving a three-game suspension that resulted from his offseason DUI arrest. ... First-round draft pick Tyler Ennis, the Suns' fourth point guard, played the final quarter.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Suns: Host the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Game Notes

2014-15 Season Series: This is the first meeting this season between the two teams.

All-Time Series Notes: This will be the 230th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 133-96 ... The Lakers are 22-7 against the Suns all-time at STAPLES Center (regular season)... 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 Sunsincluding 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 F Wesley Johnson played for the Phoenix Suns in 2012-13 … Lakers G Steve Nash suited up for the Suns from 1996-1998 and from 2004-2012 ... Suns G Goran Dragic and Steve Nash played together in Phoenix (2008-10 and part of the 2010-11 season) … Dragic played with Lakers G Jeremy Lin at the Rockets in 2012 ... Suns G/FGerald Green signed with the Lakers in December 2011, but was waived and ultimately signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League ... Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott attended the University of Arizona … Lakers F Jordan Hill attended Arizona State University … Lakers F Julius Randle and Suns G Eric Bledsoe and G Archie Goodwin each attended the University of Kentucky … Lakers F Ryan Kelly and Suns F Miles Plumlee and F Shavlik Randolph each attended Duke University … Lakers G Xavier Henry and Suns F Marcus Morris and F Markieff Morris played basketball at Kansas University … Johnson and Suns G Tyler Ennis went to Syracuse.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   PHX  
Kobe Bryant
31
pts Isaiah Thomas
23
Jordan Hill
11
reb 3 Tied
6
Jeremy Lin
5
ast Eric Bledsoe
6
Wayne Ellington
+12
+/- Marcus Morris
+36

Game Starters

  LAL   PHX  
Jeremy Lin g Goran Dragic
Kobe Bryant g Eric Bledsoe
Jordan Hill c Miles Plumlee
Wesley Johnson f Marcus Morris
Carlos Boozer f Markieff Morris

Injury Report

Lakers

  • Ryan Kelly (sore right hamstring) is doubtful
  • Steve Nash (sciatic pain) is out
  • Julius Randle (fractured tibia, right leg) is out.
  • Nick Young (torn ligament, right thumb) is out

Suns

  • P.J. Tucker (NBA suspension) is out.
  • T.J. Warren (small crack in bone in left thumb) is out.

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