Suns Unable to Shoot Past the Lakers
The Suns came into the night nursing a season-long six-game winning streak, giving them their longest streak since winning 10 straight from March 14 - April 3, 2010.
During the streak, the Suns averaged 107.8 points while only allowing 96.8 points and giving up 95 points or fewer in five of the six contests.
Perhaps more impressively, the Suns shot 49.9 percent from the field and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line, while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and making 11.8 three-pointers per game.
Thus, having scored 121 points against the Lakers the last time these two teams played, the situation looked bright for the Suns especially considering Phoenix won the first three meetings by an average of 13.3 points.
Unfortunately, the Suns caught the Lakers on a hot shooting night and fell to Los Angeles 115-99 Sunday.
Chris Kaman had a career-high 28 points to go along with 17 rebounds while starting at center in place of Pau Gasol. Jodie Meeks scored 22 points as the Lakers snapped the Suns' six-game winning streak.
Los Angeles shot 53 percent from the field and assisted on 29 of their 44 made shots. Phoenix, on the other hand, shot just 39 percent from the field and 22 percent from beyond the arc.
One bright spot was the play of the Suns' bench. Gerald Green scored 22 points and the Morris brothers combined for 31 points and 18 rebounds. Collectively, the Suns' bench scored 60 of the team's 99 points.
The Suns still rank 1st in the NBA with an average of 18.8 fast break points per game, but it was the Lakers who came out on top in that category tonight outscoring the Suns 22-17.
Next up, Phoenix hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, April 2.
From the opening tip, the Lakers came out on fire. They scored 26 points to the Suns' 15 in the quarter and added another 35 in the second for 61 in the half.
The Suns simply weren't able to catch fire from that point forward.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"They just weren’t focused in. They started bad and it’s hard to get it going after that. The energy just wasn't there." -- Jeff Hornacek on the loss
PLAYER OF THE GAME
It would be difficult to give this to anyone other than the Laker's Chris Kaman. Kaman poured in 28 points while grabbing 17 boards on 13-of-18 shooting.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
22: the percent the Suns shot from the 3-point line. Phoenix made just 8-of-36 from beyond the arc.