Lakers close in on Phoenix Suns, 79-75, after third quarter

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Suns 79 - Lakers 75 (end of third quarter)

Kobe Bryant gave the home crowd a scare in the third quarter, leaping over the first row of spectators, landing awkwardly after chasing a loose ball. The veteran guard showed he still has some hops in those 36-year old legs.

The Lakers played hard through the period, getting a boost from Carlos Boozer who scored eight (13 for the game). Bryant reached 25 points but shot just 8-24 (33.3%) from the field.

Isaiah Thomas continued to pester the Lakers, using his quickness to score 19 points with three steals.

The Lakers hurt themselves at the free throw line, missing 11 (18-29), in a close, four-point game.

Phoenix shot 41.4% from the field as a team; the Lakers hit 39.4%.

Suns 58 - Lakers 46 (halftime)

The Lakers stumbled in the second quarter, getting out-scored by 10 points. The team shot just 38.5% from the field (15-39) through 24 minutes, led by Kobe Bryant with 18.

The Suns got 15 points from Isaiah Thomas and 13 from Gerald Green, both off the bench, to push ahead by 12 at the half.

After a strong first quarter, Lin struggled in the second, sitting with three fouls. Jordan Hill, who had been a major offensive force the past two games, scored just four points -- all at the line.

The Suns shot 43.1% from the field and 92.3% from the line (12-13). The Lakers missed eight free throws in 20 attempts (60%), making up a significant portion of their halftime deficit.

Suns 26 - Lakers 24 (end of first quarter)

Jeremy Lin got off to a quick start, scoring eight points in just under 9 1/2 minutes, but the Suns closed out the first quarter with a two-point lead.

Kobe Bryant came on strong late in the period, adding nine points as the Lakers shot 44.4% from the field.

Either the Lakers played defense or the Suns struggled to hit shots. Phoenix hit just 35.7% from the field and 16.7% from three-point range (1-6).

Markieff Morris led the Suns with eight points.


The Lakers (0-4) get another crack at the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at Staples Center, after losing in Phoenix last week, 119-99.

Ryan Kelly is expected to make his season debut after a pair of hamstring strains. The Lakers will play without Julius Randle (broken leg), Steve Nash (back) and Nick Young (thumb).

P.J. Tucker will be available for the Suns after a three-game DUI suspension.

For an in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns.

Email Eric Pincus at and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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