We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 99-76 loss at Phoenix:
Bench points for Phoenix, including 22 in the second quarter that allowed the home team to turn a four-point, first-quarter deficit into a three-point halftime lead. Jared Dudley (13) and Kendall Marshall (tied a season-high with 11) both had eight points in the second frame to help the Suns turn the game in their favor.
Percent field goals for the Lakers towards a season-low 76 points. L.A. shot just 4 of 21 (19 percent) in the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 28-10. The Lakers played their ninth game in 14 days in seven different cities, the last two with just seven players in the rotation. “We kind of just hit the wall,” Steve Nash said. “You could just kind of see the wheels fall off, especially lately with guys injured and playing a seven-man rotation. I think it caught up with us a little bit.”
Points for Luis Scola in 20 minutes off the pine – all of them coming in the final 12 minutes. Scola also grabbed eight boards in the fourth, single-handedly outscoring and outrebounding the Lakers.
Rebounds for Dwight Howard, snapping his streak of at least 12 boards at 14 games. The big man scored seven straight points for the Lakers at one point during the first quarter, but 7-foot-2 center Hamed Haddadi affected a fatigued Howard after Jermaine O’Neal picked up two early fouls trying to slow L.A.’s big man.
Despite the loss, the Lakers still sit in the No. 8 spot in the West one game ahead of Utah, thanks to a bad Jazz loss at home to short-handed New York. L.A. had a chance to gain ground on idle Houston, but instead, sit a game back of the No. 7 seed.