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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 6:30PM PT

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Lakers 97, Suns 77

Louis Williams scores 30 points and grabs seven rebounds to lead the Lakers past the visiting Suns, 97-77.

Lakers vs. Suns (01/03/15

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Lakers 97, Suns 77

Louis Williams scores 30 points and grabs seven rebounds to lead the Lakers past the visiting Suns, 97-77.
Jan 3, 2016  |  02:13

Hibbert Brings The Crowd To Its Feet

Roy Hibbert fakes the pass, drives the lane and throws it down.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:25

Big Effort From Louis Williams

Highlights from Louis Williams' 30 point, seven rebound and four assist performance.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:32

Clarkson's Power Finish

Jordan Clarkson drives by his defender and rises up for the monster slam over Alex Len.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:25

Nance Finishes The Drill

Jordan Clarkson leads the break and flips it behind his back to the trailing Larry Nance Jr. for the slam.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:11

Louis. Williams.

With 1.1 seconds left in the half, the Lakers turn to Louis Williams and he delivers.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:29

Clarkson Beats The Buzzer

With the shot clock winding down, Jordan Clarkson absorbs the contact and hits the tough shot for two.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:23

Knifing Through The Defense

Jordan Clarkson weaves his way through the defense for the layup.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:14

Showtime By The Lakers

Jordan Clarkson leads the break and drops the dime between his legs to the trailing Larry Nance Jr. for the slam dunk.
Jan 3, 2016  |  00:26

Postgame: Jordan Clarkson (01/03/16)

Jordan Clarkson talks about who's dunk was better: His or Roy Hibbert's. (01/03/16)
Jan 3, 2016  |  03:07

Postgame: Larry Nance Jr. (01/03/16)

Larry Nance Jr. talks about the aggressive defense the team played tonight and how much it helped with the win. (01/03/16)
Jan 3, 2016  |  02:03

Postgame: Byron Scott (01/03/16)

Postgame Presser: Byron Scott (01/03/16)
Jan 3, 2016  |  04:58

Postgame: Nick Young (01/03/16)

Nick Young says it's all about confidence and having fun when asked about the 3-game winning streak. (01/03/16)
Jan 3, 2016  |  02:19

Postgame: Lou Williams (01/03/16)

Lou Williams says that the team has been doing a great job communicating and being on the same page during this win streak. (01/03/16)
Jan 3, 2016  |  02:53

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Williams scores 30, Lakers beat Suns 97-77 without Kobe

Posted by Joe Resnick on Jan 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lou Williams scored a season-high 30 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers sent Phoenix to its ninth straight loss with a 97-77 rout of the cold-shooting Suns on Sunday night.

The Lakers, coming off victories over Boston and Philadelphia, have won three in a row for the first time since Feb. 22-27 against Boston, Utah and Milwaukee. Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points and tied a season high with his second straight 14-rebound game.

Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game because of a sore right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.

The league's third all-time leading scorer, who turned 37 in August, is averaging 17.2 points in 29 games. Bryant announced on Nov. 29 that this would be his the final season of his 20-year NBA career.

Brandon Knight had 25 points, nine assists and three rebounds for the Suns, who shot 36 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 38 points en route to their 21st loss in 27 games since beating the Lakers at Phoenix on Nov. 16.

Phoenix center Tyson Chandler, who was ejected midway through the third quarter of Saturday's 142-119 loss at Sacramento, played only 19 minutes in this one and missed his first five shots before finishing with two points on 1 for 6 shooting.

The Suns were playing their fourth game in five nights and looked tired, making only nine of 46 shots in the first half (19.6 percent) and scoring just 10 points in the opening quarter before the Lakers built their lead to 43-22 by intermission.

Williams ended his 11-point second quarter with a buzzer-beating 3 off an inbounds pass after the Lakers took a 20-second timeout with 1.1 seconds on the clock.

The Suns had won nine of their previous 10 meetings with the Lakers. But despite this loss, they still have a three-game lead over Los Angeles in the race to stay out of the Pacific Division cellar.

TIP-INS

Suns: The Suns (12-25) are 0-15 when scoring fewer than 100 points. . C Alex Len, limited to 6 1-2 minutes of playing time on Saturday because of a sore left hand, came off the bench for the third straight game and had six points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes. "They've taken X-rays and it's not broken, but it's really sore and he has a hard time squeezing his hand," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He's going to continue to play and try to be a presence out there - at least on the defensive end and spell Tyson in some of those minutes. With all the traveling, every time he goes up in an airplane, it swells up again. So it probably won't calm down until we get back home." . The Suns are 0-10 when an opposing player has scored 30 or more points against them. . Phoenix is 0-5 since point guard Eric Bledsoe's season-ending injury to his left knee and subsequent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Lakers: A fan won a $95,000 for hitting a halfcourt shot after the third quarter.... Nance made seven of 10 shots in his first start against the team his dad starred for during his first 6 1-2 NBA seasons. . C Roy Hibbert, the only Laker to start all 35 games, had 13 points and six boards. . Bryant's highest-scoring game without a 3-point basket was against the Suns, when he scored 48 points on Jan. 10, 2012, at Los Angeles. . The Lakers snapped a nine-game home losing streak against Western Conference teams.

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Suns: host Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Lakers: host Golden State on Tuesday night.

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Injury Report

Lakers

  • Kobe Bryant (sore right shoulder) is questionable.

Suns

  • Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) is questionable.
  • Ronnie Price (right great toe sprain) is questionable
  • Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus in left knee) is out.

Game Notes

All-Time Series Notes: This will be the 235 th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 133-101 ... The Lakers are 22-10 against the Suns all-time at STAPLES Center (regular season) ... On the road, the Lakers have gone 1-9 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 63 career games against the Suns including 57 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 three-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: Suns G Ronnie Price played 43 games for the Lakers during the 2014-15 season … Price and Lakers F Metta World Peace were teammates on the Sacramento Kings for the second part of the 2006-07 season … World Peace played with Suns C Tyson Chandler for the first part of the 2001-02 season on the Chicago Bulls, before World Peace was traded to the Pacers … Chandler was born in Hanford, CA and attended Dominguez High School in Compton, CA … Chandler also played with Lakers F Brandon Bass for the 2006-07 season on the New Orleans Hornets (relocated to Oklahoma City) under Lakers head coach Byron Scott … Scott also coached Chandler for the 2007- 08 and 2008-09 seasons with the franchise … Lakers Assistant Coach Paul Pressey was also in New Orleans with the team for those two campaigns … Scott and Pressey also briefly coached Suns F Jon Leuer for nine games on the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012-13 … Scott attended college at Arizona State University from 1979-1983 … Lakers F Larry Nance Jr.’s father, Larry Nance, was drafted by the Suns with the 20th pick of the 1981 NBA Draft and played in Phoenix until the first part of the 1987-88 season when he was traded to Cleveland … Suns G Eric Bledsoe and Lakers F Nick Young were teammates on the Clippers in for the second half of the 2011-2012 season … Suns Assistant Coach Earl Watson played college basketball at UCLA from 1997-2001.

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