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Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman. back right, drives on Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
For the first time in a long time, the Phoenix Suns got a bit of help in the playoff race.

The Golden State Warriors fell to the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Portland Trail Blazers -- giving the Suns a chance to close to within a half-game of Golden State and extend their lead to 1.5 games over Memphis, which currently sits a half-game out of the playoff picture.

But, for the first time in a long time, the Suns laid an egg on the road, falling 115-99 to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and failing to make any headway in the playoff race.

Here's a closer look at the disappointing loss, by the numbers:


It's been nine years since the Suns last completed a season sweep of the Lakers -- something they had a chance to do Sunday -- by winning every contest against them in the 2004-05 season.


Former Suns guard Kendall Marshall dished out 11 assists for the Lakers to go along with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.


Phoenix guard Gerald Green scored a team-high 22 points, including 11 straight during a white-hot run that saw the Suns take a 37-36 lead in the second quarter.


Los Angeles center Chris Kaman went off for 28 points and 12 rebounds on 13-of-19 shooting -- well above his season average of 9.8 points per game.


The Suns put up a ridiculous 36 3-pointers on Sunday, connecting on just eight of them. Phoenix has averaged 9.5 makes on 25.2 attempts from long range this season.


The Suns shot 38.5 percent against a bad defensive Lakers team -- often settling for jumpshots, though many of them were decent looks that didn't fall.

Alex Williams,

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