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The Dragic/Bledsoe backcourt has been very strong tonight. Bledsoe had 7 assists, Dragic 19 points w/Phoenix up 14 on LAL.
Robert Sacre went from two-game starter to no minutes in the first half tonight.
Suns open the 3rd quarter with a 9-0 run.
My god Bledsoe is FAST.
Phoenix's ability to turn defense to offense is unbelievable. It's pretty much an automatic two points when they're on the run.
With a Plumlee tip in, Frye 3-pointer and Dragic transition layup, LAL are down 63-51. The 7-0 run pushed PHX w/in 2 of its biggest lead.
The 24-second clock here at Staples Center now shows 2:40. Lakers can run the Four Corners offense if they want.
Yes, we all wanna see what Kobe can do but a 40-second shot clock is a bit excessive, Staples.
Bryant had only 1 1st half turnover after totaling 8 in his first game. LAL had 7 as a team, helping LAL hold an 11-8 edge in FB points.
First-half take on Kobe's second game: Still looking so much to pass, had two-footed dunk, couldn't outjump P.J. Tucker for lob post pass.
Gasol beat the buzzer w/an elbow jumper to get LAL into the halftime down 56-51. Bryant had 10, and looked generally improved from Sunday.
Pau beats the buzzer with a jumper from the foul line and L.A. goes into the half trailing 56-51. Kobe has just 1 turnover so far
Halftime: Suns 56, Lakers 51
Lakers have the ball with 3.3 left in the half. Suns up 56-49.
Somewhere in Manhattan Beach, Sasha Vujacic is rejoicing his old rival Dragic took a hit. (Yes, embellished by Dragic, but still a forearm.)
Shawne Williams gets a tech for pushing down Goran Dragic after the play was already dead.
Goran is as good at acting as he is at killing the Lakers.
Shawne Williams didn't like Dragic bumping him while dribbling and sought vengeance with a forearm to Dragic's chest for a technical.
Bryant's putting more arch on his FT's than I recall from past years; he's 4 for 4, and has 10 of LAL's 49 total points tonight.
Kobe makes a pair of FTs to cut the Suns lead to 6.
JODIE MEEKS BE LIKE
Jodie Meeks continues his excellent first half by draining a 3 off a tipped offensive board from Bryant. LAL within 3 at 50-47.
Steve Nash's back hasn't been the same since he threw that lob to LeBron in the Christmas commercial.
Kobe swishes a jumper to bring L.A. within 48-44. He's up to 8 pts on 3-for-4 shooting.
For all catching Nick Young's free-throw pump fake GIF, he indicated his hands were slippery after he went ahead with the shot and missed.
Kobe is up to eight points with that jumper. Has a couple buckets inside and a pair of free throws, too.
Guess Kobe's preseason is over...
Kobe got good elevation on a pull-up jumper, which backed up a tough and-1 finish from Meeks to cut the PHX lead to 48-44.
Jodie. I don't believe you. You're not doing this. Who are you?
Jodie Meeks is winning the trick shot contests tonight.
Pau hits from 15. Cuts the Suns lead to 5.
Two Kobe FT's came courtesy of one of his old favorites, the pump-fake to draw a defender into air. Gasol's J followed to get LAL w/in 5.
Clippers make Stephen Jackson signing official. He'll be with the team when they play the Celtics tomorrow.
Wonder what grade Kobe will give himself tonight....
Kobe out here vetranizing Tucker.
"Look what I found here." -Pau who lucked into a dunk
Got inside position. Told Blake to make the entry to Pau and cut as the ball left Blake's hands knowing Pau would make the play.
What went unnoticed was Kobe pretty much orchestrating that whole sequence.
Pau has been frustrating to watch this season, but every once in a while he drops a gem that reminds us why we used to love him.
Who cares about the score when Kobe is scoring above the rim
OOOOOHHHHHHH What a pass from Pau there.
Bryant's 2nd FG came off a pretty dish from Gasol, who knew where to find the cutting Kobe.
Kobe scores again at the rim. But the Lakers still trail by 10
There's no way in hell Jodie would have made that reverse windmill layup last season.
There's something you didn't see last year: a reverse layup full of English from Meeks, making it 40-30 PHX. Kobe/Pau return w/6:45 in 2nd.
Bryant and Gasol check back in with 6:45 left in the second quarter.
I'm pretty sure Jodie Meeks just did a hang-in-the-air reverse layup.
Consecutive hoops from Henry and Young cut the Suns lead to 9, but Bledsoe answered w/a 3. PHX shooting the ball very well early.
X getting to the lane. Cut the Suns lead to 11 with 8:30 left to play in the 2nd.
He won't make a true point guard, but it's clear Xavier Henry is much better with the ball in his hands. Works well in MDA's system.
That X off balanced 10-footer can't be what D'Antoni drew up coming out of the timeout.
LAL are getting enveloped in a Morris brothers' scoring sandwich. One or the other keeps scoring as LAL find themselves down 35-23.
Suns are now up 12 with the Lakers struggling to defend in transition.
You gotta give Billy Mac and Stu credit for being able to call a game.....without knowing the score
That awkward moment when Lakers fans begin to wonder if the team was more fun to watch without Kobe... PHX 35, LAL 23.
Suns quickly push their lead from 5 to start the quarter up to 12 and L.A. calls timeout
Nick Young: Accidental Assists
Nothing new here: Goran Dragic is killing the Lakers.
Phoenix has put together a 7-0 run around the 1st Q break to push their lead to 10 early in the 2nd Q. Dragic's been very good.
Great euro-step from X on the drive, couldn't finish with the right though.
Okay, it's 26-21. Glad we got that figured out.
This is the first time I've seen almost every reporter tweet out a different first quarter score.
According to my timeline, the score is either 24,26, or 27 to 21. There are scoreboard issues in the arena.
Breaking news from Staples Center: Nobody knows the damn score. Whatever. Everybody's here to see Kobe anyway.
Marcus, not Markieff Morris, hit three FG's off the Suns bench, including one to beat the 1st Q buzzer that put PHO up 26-21.
After one quarter: Suns 27, Lakers 21
Lakers trail 24-21 at the end of the first quarter, the now-functioning scoreboard tells me that.
Morris hits from three. Suns up 24-20.
This lineup on the floor for Lakers has been most effective this year. D'Antoni said he would try to get it abt 10 mins. Meeks only starter.
So. Much. Swag.
The Blake-Henry-Young-Johnson-Hill lineup shouldn't be this fun to watch.
Note from pregame: Kaman said he tried to rush back from back pain, that's why he's still on the shelf. Thinks he'll be available next week
BLAKE TO WES FOR THE OOP!
Kobe heads to the bench with two fouls. Young and X check in.
Not a smart foul from Kobe on Goran on the break.
Great skip pass from Wes to Meeks. Shot didn't fall, but great decision.
Kobe's been operating out of the post more already than he did in his debut on Sunday. Get used to it...
I wonder if the person who runs the scoreboard at Staples Center has also been in charge of Pau's offense the last few games.
We're all tied at 14, LAL getting going after Phoenix jumped out to a 10-3 start. Thus, it's an 11-4 response capped by Bryant/Gasol dunks.
Scoreboard speak: Kobe dunks, but Lakers still trail ÞÍ to ©Ñ
Kobe and Pau are like: "Us, old? Nahh we still got the legs to dunk!"
PAUU!! Follows up the MAMBA DUNK! with a dunk of his own! Lakers tie it, 14-14 with 5:56 left in the 1st.
Kobe's first "Kobe Dunk" since his return gets a loud ovation. Lakers 14, Suns 14 with 5:56 left in the 1st.
Kobe baseline dunk, beats PJ Tucker. Then Gasol dunks.
Kobe's first shot attempt tonight? A made dunk. Much better start than airballing that hook shot to start things off against TOR