By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: May 11, 2010

As divisional rivals, the Suns and the Lakers met four times in the 2009-10 season with the Suns losing three of those contests. In order to give you a better perspective of how their last four matchups went this past season, decided to jumpstart your memory. Check out a brief refresher of all of their meetings in 2009-10.

March 12: Suns Go Cold From Floor, Fall to Lakers

Nash and Co. were held to 43 percent shooting on March 12.
(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Phoenix -- Fans wondered what Suns team was going to come out tonight. Would it be a team that became complacent over a week-long break, or would they be well-rested and champing at the bit for a game against the team with the best record in the West?

Well, the well-rested version showed up to play Friday, but they were overcome by championship-caliber team playing championship basketball as the Lakers dealt the Suns a 102-96 home defeat.

“Our defense was probably the best it was all season and we did everything we were supposed to do, but we came up a little short,” Suns guard Jason Richardson said. “We lost a little of our rhythm. We just couldn’t score in the second quarter.”

It wasn’t as if the Suns didn’t come out ready to play. Amare’ Stoudemire started off on fire, totaling 17 points and eight rebounds as Phoenix leapt out to a 31-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But Phoenix was plagued by a shoddy second quarter, getting outscored 29-to-15 as the Lakers headed to the half with a 53-46 advantage.

However, the Suns responded behind the energetic play of Louis Amundson in the third period. The Suns answered back and took an 82-81 lead with 9:10 remaining in the fourth.

But that would be their final lead of the night as Los Angeles overcame the deficit with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to put the Suns away.

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  • Postgame Central: Suns-Lakers Battle on March 12
  • Blog: Suns Prove They Belong
  • Postgame Quotes: Suns-Lakers on March 12
  • Boxscore: Suns vs. Lakers on March 12
  • Photos: Suns Game Action in March
  • Dec. 28: Bench Leads Suns Over Lakers

    Dudley tied a career high at the time by scoring 19 clutch points off the bench.
    (P.A. Molumby/NBAE/Getty Images)

    Phoenix -- In Monday’s first win of the season over the Lakers, the Suns enjoyed something they haven’t been accustomed to when playing L.A. lately – breakout performances from a healthy bench.

    The Suns’ second unit combined for 52 points en route to a 118-103 victory over Kobe Bryant and Co., giving Phoenix its 20th win of the season before the New Year for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Led by Jared Dudley’s career-high-tying 19 points and double-digit scoring efforts from Goran Dragic and Leandro Barbosa, the Suns posted their second win in the last three games.

    “If I was going to give a game ball to anyone,” Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry said, “I’d have to say our bench did about the best job they have done all year. Jared did a great job for us. Goran is growing every day. He played with so much confidence tonight it really helped us out. Robin Lopez gave us great minutes. Lou Amundson came in and gave us some great activity. We are really pleased, but as I said before this game, it’s one win against a really quality team but that’s all it is: one win.”

    In addition to matching his career best in points, Dudley tied his season best with seven boards and three assists, while Lopez saw early minutes en route to his season-high-tying eight points and seven rebounds.

    “The second unit off the bench was the spark,” said Amar’e Stoudemire who led the Suns with 26 points.

    “They provided energy and great plays defensively. They rebounded the ball well and created havoc out there, knocking down open shots. That’s what we look forward to from those guys. Tonight they did a phenomenal job.”

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  • Postgame Central: Suns Down Lakers on Dec. 28
  • Blog: Suns Beat Lakers at Home
  • Boxscore: Suns vs. Lakers on Dec. 28
  • Photos: Suns Game Action in December
  • Dec. 6: Suns Run Out of Gas Against Lakers

    STAT posted 18 points and eight boards in the Suns' loss.
    (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

    Los Angeles -- Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Ron Artest added 15 points and five steals, and the Los Angeles Lakers raced away from the Phoenix Suns in the second half of their ninth straight victory, 108-88 Sunday night.

    Pau Gasol scored 14 points for the well-rested Lakers, who improved to an NBA-best 16-3 with their second home win in 24 days over road-weary Phoenix.

    Two nights after Bryant banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a one-point win over Miami, the defending NBA champions didn't need another lucky shot. They made a 15-1 run late in the third quarter, holding Phoenix without a field goal for 3 1/2 minutes while jumping to a 23-point lead.

    Amar'e Stoudemire had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who scored their fewest points of the season while playing their sixth game in six cities over the past 10 days.

    Bryant had nine points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up by 21. The Suns trimmed the lead to 14 points in the fourth before Shannon Brown hit back-to-back 3-pointers, finishing with 12 points.

    Steve Nash had 12 points and 10 assists for the Suns while playing just 29 minutes, and Grant Hill had 12 points. Both veterans sat out the fourth quarter along with Stoudemire, taking a break in a demanding stretch of travel for the surprising Suns (15-6), who have lost three straight road games by an average of more than 21 points.

    The Lakers realize their fast start is a partial product of an exceptionally generous early-season schedule. Los Angeles hasn't played outside of California since Nov. 13, with 15 of its first 19 games at home overall - and two more games still remaining in a six-game homestand.

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  • Postgame Central: Suns Fall to Lakers on Road
  • Boxscore: Suns vs. Lakers on Dec. 6
  • Photos: Suns Game Action in December
  • Nov. 12: Lakers Snap Suns' Four-Game Winning Streak

    J-Rich, who is red-hot in the playoffs, went 0-for-5 from downtown against the Lakers earlier this season.
    (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

    Los Angeles -- Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, Andrew Bynum had 26 points and 15 rebounds in his return from injury, and the Lakers put the brakes on the Phoenix Suns' fast start with a 121-102 victory Thursday night.

    Josh Powell scored 14 points for the defending champions, who won their sixth straight and improved to 7-1 by handing the Suns their second loss of the season.

    Los Angeles snapped the Suns' four-game winning streak by countering Phoenix's up-tempo style with defense and the Lakers' own transition game, handily winning an entertaining November matchup between two of the NBA's most impressive teams so far.

    Steve Nash had 13 points and five assists for the Suns, who had their worst shooting night of the season. The two-time MVP sat out the final 15 1/2 minutes after getting little help from his teammates.

    Amar'e Stoudemire endured a 2-for-15 shooting night, while Grant Hill managed just nine points. Jason Richardson missed all five of his 3-point attempts while scoring only five points for the NBA's highest-scoring team, although the reserves had 21 in the final 5:45 to help Phoenix reach 100 for the 10th time this season.

    Jared Dudley led the Suns with 14 points, but they failed to match the 1980-81 club's franchise-best 9-1 start. The Suns made just 36.5 percent of their shots (38 for 104) after never going lower than 45.5 percent this season.

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  • Postgame Central: Suns Down Lakers on Nov. 12
  • Boxscore: Suns vs. Lakers on Nov. 12
  • Photos: Suns Game Action in November
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