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Suns Strokes: Suns snap four-game losing streak with win over Lakers

Phoenix Suns' Wesley Johnson (2) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Lakers 99-76. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns' 99-76 win over the Lakers on March 18.

The Good:

On the night the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games, the Suns won their 23rd game of the season, ending a four-game losing streak with their fourth straight home win over the Lakers.

The Suns outscored the Lakers by 18 points in the final period, holding L.A. to an opponent season-low 10 fourth-quarter points.

Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, single-handedly outscoring the Lakers, 14-10, and outrebounding them, 8-7, in the quarter. Scola was one of six Suns players in double figures.

Defensively, the Suns -- after allowing an opponent season-high tying 127 points at Washington -- held the Lakers to an opponent season-low 76 points. L.A. has been held under 90 points just twice in its last 54 games, both by the Suns.

The Bad:

Interim head coach Lindsey Hunter's decision to re-insert P.J. Tucker into the starting lineup to match-up against Steve Nash failed as Nash scored 10 points (4-of-7 FG) in the first 9:29 of the first quarter. It was the 11th different starting lineup used this season.

The Suns began the night with the NBA's third-worst record (tied with New Orleans). The Suns end the night with the league's sixth-worst record.

He Said It:

"My kids always ask me to make a three and I never do," Luis Scola said after hitting only his second three-pointer of the season (2-of-13). "They weren't here today but I'm going to make sure I get a tape; and [Tuesday] I'm going to show them. They're going to be happy."


Phoenix owns eight victories over the Western Conference's top eight teams.

The Suns had four reserves score in double figures for the second time in nine games.

Goran Dragic recorded his league-leading eighth double-digit assist effort in 15 games since the All-Star break.

Up Next:

The Suns (23-45) continue their four-game homestand with a match-up against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, March 20.

About the Author

School: Syracuse University, '96

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 1, 1999

Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

Least-favorite sports memory: Game 1, 1988 World Series

Favorite all-time athlete(s): Larry Bird, Don Mattingly

Favorite sports movies: Hoosiers, Field of Dreams


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