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Kobe gets a nice cheer from Staples as he returns to the game w 6:10 left and the Lakers down, 90-84
Pau is coming back in with him. (Pau has 11 points, 3 rebounds in 24 minutes.)
Kobe is checking in to close out the game. Hopefully for Young.
Kobe Bryant pulls off his warmup, the crowd cheers. Into the game he goes.
Kobe is back in with 6:11 to play. PHX 90, LAL 84.
Lakers trail 90-84 with 6:11 left. Faint chants imploring D'Antoni to put Kobe back inn. Already at 23 minutes, Bryant staying loose in TO.
Bryant has the ice pack off his left ankle and is jumping up and down during the Lakers' timeout with 6:11 to go
Dragic just beat Jordan Hill in the post. Put the Suns back up 6. 6:11 left to play.
Another pretty move from Dragic got him to 21 points to lead all scorers, keeping PHX up 6 heading into a T.O. w/6:11 left.
Looks like D'Antoni will manage to keep Bryant's minutes below 30, as he's still on the bench w/under 7 to go and 23 already played.
Kobe has the look, like he's gearing up to come back in soon. PHX 88, LAL 84 with 6:46 left.
HAHAHAHAHAHA how do you bail out a 20-foot jump shot?
Bryant had his lower left leg wrapped on the bench, but it's most likely a heat pack to keep it warm. It's off now.
I absolutely cannot tell the Morris twins apart.
The FT line had been LAL's friend tonight … until 2 straight misses from Nick Young. They're 16 for 22 to PHX's 8 for 9.
But would make sense if D'Antoni let the better group close the game after debacle last game.
Kobe has his left ankle wrapped up, but he still has his Nikes on and is hopping around in timeout. Wouldn't say he won't come back in.
Seeing Hill set the screen and then immediately dive time after time makes you wonder what LA could have done w/ him healthy last year
More than anyone else this season, Wes has hit huge shots when the Lakers needed one.
Wesley Johnson hit just the 4th 3-pointer of the game for LAL, who leads the league w/10.6 per game. PHX has 6 3's, leads by 4.
This team without a PG… so many terrible shots.
Xavier, have it all .
Henry, who started 1 for 6, got a transition and-1 to fall despite Bledsoe's foul and hit the FT. LAL back within 2 at the start o/t 4th.
Archie Goodwin made a rookie mistake, leaving Meeks an open 3 to try and double down on Johnson, but Meeks couldn't make him pay.
Lakers trail 79-74 after 3, cutting down PHX's once 14-point cushion. Kobe leads LA in scoring with 14 pts on 4-for-7 shooting
Through it all, Kobe is Lakers' leading scorer through 3Q with 14 points (on 4-of-7 from the field, 6-of-6 from the line). PHX 79, LAL 74.
Two beautiful layups from Bledsoe (16P, 7A) pushed the Suns lead back to 5 after 3 at 79-74; LAL had trimmed a 14-point margin to just 1.
After three quarters: Suns 79, Lakers 74
Jordan Hill with the dream shake.
On Sunday, Xavier Henry scored 17 points in 14 bench minutes. Tonight, just 2 points on 1 of 6 FG's in 19 minutes.
Lakers back-up big man report: Jordan Hill trending upwards, Robert Sacre trending downwards, Chris Kaman nonexistent
A 19-8 LAL run is capped with a 6-0 burst here, the Suns lead down to just 1 late in the 3rd.
Jordan Hill has a remarkable way of flailing the ball into the basket.
GARBAGE MAN! 1 point game!
Blake hits two FTs. 3-point game.
Steve Blake will get 2 bonus FT's out of the next time out resulting from his 2nd steal. Two makes can cut the PHX lead to 3.
Lakers force a TO and Blake is fouled in transition. Lead is back down to five with 3 minutes left in the 3rd.
Meanwhile, Nick Young got a 3 to go down, cutting what was a 14-point Suns lead moments ago to just 5 late in the 3rd. Quick 5-0 LAL run.
salkdhfaskjhgasfa SO. MUCH. SWAG
Xavier checks in for Kobe.
D'Antoni said their would be casualties of lineup change. For now that appears to be Robert Sacre, who is a DNP.
Bryant checks out at the 3:38 mark with a team-high 14 points on 4 of 7 FG's, 6 of 6 FT's. He's played 23 minutes thus far.
Kobe still has a lot to work defending individually. He's been a great post defender in the past, but got ate up there a little by Morris.
It feels like Kobe's teammates expect him to dominate the ball and Kobe's trying not to. As a result, nobody knows what to do. AK
Kobe with the Tim Duncan special. Put it off the glass for his 12th points.
Another Bryant FG goes home, this one a line drive bank shot off glass. He's 4 of 7, LAL still down 8 halfway through the 3rd.
Lakers can't get much going on the offensive end. Getting some good looks, not getting much to fall.
6:26 left in the 3rd quarter. Suns up 67-59.
LAL answered a 9-0 Suns run to start the 3rd with a 6-0 spurt, getting the lead back down to 8.
What a gorgeous pass from Kobe to Blake. Eight point game.
Nice backdoor pass from Kobe to Steve Blake.
Steve Blake hits from the elbow, Lakers cut the lead to 10.
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