Suns Strokes: Suns fall to energetic Lakers on the road
Goran Dragic was a bright spot for the Suns on offense. He scored 22 points and added seven assists and two rebounds.
Luis Scola also added 18 points, while Michael Beasley added 14 of his own along with a career-high nine assists.
The Suns' defense was shoddy against a fast-paced, energetic Lakers attack. New head coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't yet on the sidelines, as he was getting treatment for his knee in the Lakers' locker room, but his presence was surely felt.
Phoenix couldn't contain Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who netted 31 points for Los Angeles. Metta World Peace found ways to burn the Suns when it counted, sinking five three-pointers and scoring 22 points on the night.
The Suns have now dropped three of their last four games.
• The Lakers put together a 17-2 run over the final two quarters to pull away.
• Former Suns' icon Steve Nash didn't face his former team as the Lakers point guard missed his seventh consecutive game with a small fracture in his left leg. He is expected to miss at least another week of action before getting examined again next weekend.
• The Suns continued their streak of falling behind early in games this season. They have now trailed by double digits in nine of their 10 games this year.
The Suns will host the defending champion Miami Heat on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
- Alvin Gentry, former Suns head coach - Tuesday May 14Gentry talks to Doug & Wolf about the NBA Playoffs, the Suns coaching search and his future
- Denise McDonough, Ryan McDonough's mom - Friday May 10Mrs. McDonough talks to Doug & Wolf about raising the new Suns GM
- Melinda Dudley, Jared Dudley's mom - Friday May 10Mrs. Dudley tells Doug & Wolf what it was like raising the Suns fan favorite
- Tom Chambers, Suns legend - Friday May 10Chambers tells Doug & Wolf who he'd like to see hired as the new head coach of the Suns
- Ryan McDonough, Suns general manager - Thursday May 9McDonough talks to Doug & Wolf about what he's looking for in a new head coach