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Game Recap: Lakers Defeat Suns Behind A Double-Double From Chris Kaman Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers returned to Staples Center after dropping their last two games on the road. After getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, the Laker The Lakers returned to Staples Center after dropping their last two games on the road. After getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, the Laker Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Lakers Defeat Suns Behind A Double-Double From Chris Kaman

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The Lakers returned to Staples Center after dropping their last two games on the road.

After getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, the Lakers were hoping show more competitiveness against the Phoenix Suns. Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Xavier Henry were ruled out for the game joining Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar as inactive. The Lakers were looking to avoid a sweep by the Suns and get their first win against them this year.

First Quarter

Chris Kaman scored the eight of the Laker’s first 14 points while also grabbing five quick rebounds. The Lakers took a quick 14-8 lead before Suns guard split a pair of free throws to bring the Suns within five. The lead went up to ten until Dragic scored on two quick layups. The Lakers finished the quarter shooting 46 percent from the field while holding the Suns to 25 percent on their way to a 26-15 lead.

Second Quarter

The first Laker basket came from Robert Sacre who hit a hook shot after a feed from Nick Young. The Lakers stretched their lead to 13 until the Suns tied the game 31-31 following a Gerald Green jumper and foul shot. A quick 5-0 Laker run was quickly answered by two straight Green threes. The Lakers would end the quarter strong including going on a 19-4 run. Chris Kaman continued to abuse Phoenix and had a double-double at the half with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers entered the break up 61-43.

Third Quarter

The Lakers started the quarter by forcing the Suns into a shot clock violation, and Christ Kaman hit a hook shot to bring the Laker lead to 20. The Suns foul troubles would sent the Lakers in the bonus three minutes into the quarter, and the Lakers would stretch the margin to 26. The Lakers remained in control despite a 10-2 Phoenix run and got scoring help from the rest of the roster. Jodie Meeks quietly upped his total to 20 as the Lakers would end the quarter with a 89-74 lead.

Forth Quarter

The Suns nearly cut the lead to single digits, but the Lakers would gain some momentum and bring their lead back to 18. The quarter would continue to go the Lakers’ way and the Suns would not pose another serious threat. Kendall Marshall would have a good quarter and become the second Laker to have a double-double on the night with 13 points and 11 assists. The Lakers would ultimately win, 115-99.

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Russell Valenzuela graduated from UC Irvine and writes for Lakers Nation. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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  • Danny E. Pagan

    I’d rather the Lakers let Gasol go and keep Kaman honestly. He is such a much better defender and bigger presence in the paint than Gasol. Tons of bigs had career nights this season with Gasol in the middle. Guy is no longer a starter in this league IMO.Yeah, he can score but his defense is absolutely atrocious. Defensively Lakers look way better with Kaman/Sacre on the floor. Fans should thank him and wave good bye after this season.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      IF GAsol’s asking price is to the north of 10M, then we might as well let Kaman and Sacre to man the post Kaman, Sacre, Hill is a really good Center rotation… but if it is below 10M… i would still take him over those two…

  • Sylvia Ross

    Chris, I am so happy for you. If that moody no talented coach had played you in more games we could have won a lot more. Thanks a lot please come back next year we’re hoping the potato chip man will be gone. Have a good summer and don’t abandon the ship. Goodbye PRINGLE

  • e3bonz

    5-14 for the month of March. I called it, but thought this game would be a loss and the Bucks game a win.

    • Jim213

      Called 4-10 tho leaning the other way but stuck to it. However, very awkward to beat some good teams and lose to the lousy ones. Speaks to this roster’s lack of mental aptitude which goes for the coach too.

      E3bonz what do you have for next month (fortunate with today’s win)? Have them going 3-6.

      • e3bonz

        3-6 was my thinking too. Although, only two games are the most likely wins, being the Kings and Jazz. Any other wins depends upon which Laker team shows up.

    • Matt Williams

      It’s been a weird season.

  • Fuji

    I have the Lakers finishing the season 0-9.

  • J Taylor

    I know it’s blasphemy, but I think this year’s team (if healthy) is a lot better than most would think. Between the medical staff shutting guys down for hang-nails and stubbed toes, and D’Antoni focusing on young guys, the team has managed to find a low lottery pick.
    I can’t speak for the medical records, but i suspect most of the injuries this year were greatly exaggerated, and IF we kept most of the guys next year, letting most take a year off will do them well (Kaman, Nash, Bryant, Gasol).

  • Alan Sien

    Guys if I am Jim Buss, I would fire the coach and try to talk Jerry Sloan out of retirement to coach the Lakers. Any comment?

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