LAL 22 19 32 13 86
Pho 26 15 22 29 92
Date of game: 1/30/2013

Recap: Phoenix vs. LA Lakers

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Michael Beasley scored a season-high 27 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 43.8 seconds remaining to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 92-86 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at US Airways Center.

Beasley added six rebounds and five steals, while Martin Gortat recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who had lost two straight.

"Michael Beasley was incredible tonight," said Phoenix coach Lindsey Hunter, who improved to 3-2 since taking over for Alvin Gentry. "He's been really working hard to get to this point and I really see promise in his future and just continue to encourage him."

Kobe Bryant fell one assist shy of his fourth straight game with double-digit assists and finished with a team-high 17 points, but missed a potential game- tying layup late in regulation as the Lakers surrendered a 13-point fourth- quarter lead and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Steve Nash, who had spent eight seasons with the Suns before leaving for Los Angeles in the offseason, made his return to Phoenix and received a standing ovation. He finished with 11 points in the setback.

Los Angeles, which nearly blew an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 111-106 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday, shot just 19 percent (4-for-21) in the final frame and allowed the Suns to shoot a scorching 68.8 percent (11-for-16) in the fourth to watch their double-digit lead evaporate.

"We just didn't score," Los Angeles coach Mike D'Antoni admitted of the fourth quarter. "We only had 13 points in the quarter. I thought we had some open shots and we didn't knock them down. Again, just like New Orleans, when you've got somebody down you just need to step on their throat and we didn't do it."

The Lakers led, 73-63, heading into the fourth, and after Beasley opened the final stanza with a jumper, Antawn Jamison netted five straight points to push the margin to 13.

Phoenix made its run from there, ripping off eight straight points to pull within 78-73 with 7:45 remaining.

After the team's exchanged empty possessions, Dwight Howard grabbed an offensive rebound and tried to go back up for a putback, but was fouled hard on his right arm by Shannon Brown.

Howard, who missed three games earlier this month with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, immediately grabbed for the injured shoulder and had to be removed for the rest of the contest.

Bryant then buried a jumper to quell the Los Angeles drought, but the Suns responded with a 13-2 surge to grab an 86-82 edge on Luis Scola's jumper with just under two minutes remaining.

Bryant countered with four straight to knot the game before Beasley answered at the other end, as he lost control of the ball on the right wing, but somehow recovered and scooped in a layup with his right hand to give the Suns the lead for good.

Bryant then found his way to the rim at the other end, but his layup was off the mark and the Suns knocked down four straight free throws to hang on for the victory.

An evenly played first half found the teams locked at 41-41 at halftime, but the Lakers shot 65 percent from the field in the third, including a 4-for-5 mark from beyond the arc to build their double-digit edge heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Lakers have lost eight straight on the road and are now 5-16 as the visitor ... Beasley's previous season-high was 25 ... Los Angeles committed 20 turnovers, leading to 19 Phoenix points ... Nash was selected 15th overall by the Suns in the 1996 Draft and spent two seasons there before being traded to Dallas, where he spent the next six seasons ... Bryant now was 48 assists over his last four games, his highest total over a four-game span in his career.

FSU QB Winston benched for half after lewd comment

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after making a lewd comment about women on campus Tuesday.

NASCAR News
Grand jury to review Tony Stewart's case

The Ontario County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday that a grand jury will determine if charges should be filed against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his involvement in a fatal accident during the Aug. 9 sprint car race at a dirt track in Upstate New York.

Gates highlights AFC's top players

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and Buffalo Bills running back/kick returner C.J. Spiller have been selected as the AFC's top players for Week 2 of the NFL season.

Umpire Joe West suspended

Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has been suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon during Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.