Rapid Reaction: Suns 117, Lakers 90

December, 23, 2013
12/23/13
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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PHOENIX -- If Mike D'Antoni's axiom that the ball finds energy was truly the case, then it's surprising the Spalding didn't just deflate whenever the Los Angeles Lakers touched the ball on this discouraging 0-2 road trip through Golden State and Phoenix.

For the second consecutive game L.A. was run off the court, falling to the Suns by 27 on Monday after getting blown out by the Golden State Warriors by 19 on Saturday.

In the end, the Suns' Gorilla mascot handed out tissues to Lakers fans in the stands at US Airways Center, only this one wasn't worth crying over.

More like laughing, because from the second quarter on it was mostly a joke of an effort by L.A., which trailed by 13 at the half and 22 after three frames on its way to the 117-90 defeat.

How it happened: A game after shooting just 3-for-21 in the third quarter against the Warriors, L.A. nearly matched that atrocity by shooting 3-for-16 in the third against Phoenix. It was already garbage time when the fourth quarter began.

What it means: So much for the Lakers hanging their hat on the fact that they won six of the eight games before Kobe Bryant returned. They weathered Bryant's latest absence against Minnesota, but looked completely lost in their past two games and didn't even manage to make things competitive Monday.

Hits: Nick Young scored 19 points, marking his 14th consecutive game scoring in double digits off the bench.

Jodie Meeks had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Misses: Pau Gasol played just 20 minutes coming off his respiratory issue and went 4-for-12 from the field.

Stat of the game: 37.0. That's the percentage L.A. shot from the floor, marking its second straight sub-40 percent effort (the Lakers shot just 32.5 percent against Golden State).

Up next: The Lakers head home to face the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Christmas Day.

Dave McMenamin

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Marshall 8.8
StealsJ. Meeks 1.4
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0