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Kobe's up to 31 points after hitting a technical FT. He's played 28 total minutes, but won't likely go in a 4th Q with LAL down 98-74.
WES JOHNSON AIRBALLS A WIDE OPEN THREE. BRUH.
Eric Bledsoe gets ejected, but the Suns have 42084091284 point guards coming off the bench. The Lakers could probably use one.
Eric Bledsoe just got thrown out of the game after his 2nd technical foul. First came complaining about Kobe's physical play on him.
Kobe free throw brings him to 30 points. Wasn't sure who'd get there first, Bryant or the Suns scoring differential.
Ma. Morris had a career-high 22 P last year against LAL, and has 21 tonight with a career-high tying 5 triples. PHX 13 of 23 from 3.
CHIEF KEEF’S JUMPER CUTS THE SUNS’ LEAD DOWN TO 95-69. LET’S GO!
Technical foul, Kobe. Been irritated the whole game. Now sitting on corner of the scorer's table, a few feet from the bench. Still scowling.
LAL being outscored 33-16 in this 3rd Q after a 33-19 Suns 1st Q. 2nd Q favored LAL 31-26. Total: 92-66.
Kobe gonna Kobe. Now has technical fouls in back-to-back games after complaining too much about contact going uncalled.
Lin won a jump ball vs. Morris, and it fell to Kobe for his 2nd triple to give him 26 points.
Kobe Bryant has 23 points tonight. The most he scored in any of his six games last year was 21 (twice).
Kobe scored through contact from Suns C Alex Len, reaching 23 points on 9 of 19 FG's, but Dragic has PHX up 20 after 2 more FG's.
MARCUS MORRIS IS SOFT.
Not that they would be winning if they shot more 3s, but the Lakers are 1-of-5 from behind the arc mid-way through the third quarter.
Suns shooting 11 of 19 from 3-pt line. Lakers are 1 for 4. Where's Nick Young
Suns are now 11 of 19 from 3 after a Marcus Morris 3, his 4th, put PHX up 75-57. LAL's starters have really struggled in 1st and 3rd Q's.
The Lakers had this thing trimmed to 61-55. It's now 75-57 and there's no more baseball to watch. :(
Boozer has 8 of LAL's 11 TO's, a real struggle for him today. Lin also struggling, 2 for 4 for 6 points w/1 assist in 17 min.
8 - Kobe’s old jersey number and number of times Carlos Boozer has turned the ball over tonight.
A little 9-0 run for the Suns. Turnovers are killing the Lakers who look completely out of sorts after halftime.
LAL had trimmed the HT lead to 5 with 3 Johnson FT's, but PHX responded with a 10-0 run spurred by 3 straight Boozer turnovers.
Turnovers on three consecutive possessions by Boozer (offensive foul, three-second violation, lost ball). ... PHX 70, LAL 55.
LAL open the 3rd w/5 FT’s in the first minute, but PHX is scoring on the other end to keep a 10-point lead. Lakers are 14 of 14 at the line.
Along with a jump shot, Jordan Hill added a “SC” tattoo on his neck during the off-season, which likely stands for South Carolina. Probably.
Man, is Bumgarner even excited? That was incredible and dude's barely broken a sweat
Blame Taylor Swift for the Giants winning the World Series. Every time she's released a new album, San Francisco has won it all.
Bumgarner purposely gave up the hit because he wants to throw more pitches. AK
This is the best halftime show ever.
According to my source (eyes), Lakers played better without Carlos Boozer in the first half. And I’m sure advanced stats can confirm this.
Remember when the Royals seemed to win every game in extra innings?
Halftime at US Airways Center (perfect timing to watch the bottom of the ninth): Suns 59, Lakers 50.
PLEASE DON’T BE HURT, ED DAVIS. WE CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
Jeremy Lin's driving layup was just his 2nd FG, bringing LAL within 9 at 59-50 at the half. Kobe had 19 on 7 of 15 FG's.
Bottom of the 9th, Game 7 of the World Series. Royals best hitters vs Giants best pitcher. Goosebumps !!
Isaiah Thomas killing LAL from 3, his 3rd triple giving him 13 bench points. PHX up 9 after another Davis put-back. Ed has 9 and 5.
With Randle out, Byron has stuck with a three-man rotation in the front court. Davis the only big to play off the bench.
Kobe makes some tough things look easy, like holding off a 7-footer (Len) with his strength, then finishing with his left hand. 19 points.
Kobe's shooting a lot, but he's also made some pretty passes, with LAL failing to finish before Johnson's open J.
Goran Dragic, Sasha Vujacic is still the greatest Slovenian of all-time.
That ice pack must be working. Kobe is 6 of 12 for 17 points. Lakers still down by 8, though
Lakers are shooting an incredible 50 percent from the three-point line. On two attempts, though.
Deep pull-up 3 from Kobe … good. Bryant's 6 of 12 for 17 points.
Ed Davis is doing a little bit of everything tonight: In 12 mins he has 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
Eric Bledsoe has changed the rhythm of this game back into what Phoenix wants, his 7 straight points pushing the Suns back up double digits.
LAL had 3 shots at the rim, but Len challenged each, and Bledsoe finished on the other end for his 5th straight point to put PHX back up 9.
To emphasize once again: Ed Davis has been really good. Just drew a PF on PHX working the O glass. He has 7P, 3R, 2A in his 11 min.
Kobe's gone 1-on-1 a few times to reach 14 points in his 10 minutes on 5 of 9 FG's. Shots aren't easy ones, but they're his shots.
Wayne Ellington is no longer shooting 100 percent in his Lakers career.
LAL's bench outplayed that of Phoenix to trim a 14-point deficit after the 1st to 4 after Kobe's and-1. Ellington is +11.
Ed Davis, again, scoring at the rim. He's 3 for 4 off the bench, this time finishing in transition to get LAL within 4 at 38-34.
Kobe doin’ work.
Wayne Ellington? Yes, Wayne Ellington.
Ellington's got it going a bit, sticking his 3rd straight J coming off a curl, but Thomas answered for PHX. He has 10 already. Suns up 8.
Kobe's about to check back into the game with that sore right shoulder. Didn't look to limit him too much in his start (7 points in 7 min.).
Kobe has what the team's calling a "sore right shoulder," which is why you've seen him icing before the game and after his first minutes.
After trailing 33-19, the Lakers have gone on a 13-1 run to start the second quarter and only trail by 6.
Bumgarner is so locked in right now, almost feels like Giants should just leave him in the rest of the game
Nice stretch there from a bench that's without its top 3 projected contributors in Nash, Young and Randle before the season started.
This group has the Lakers on a 9-1 run to start the second quarter.
Jordan Hill made a jump shot. Because Kobe told him to take 1,000 shots over the summer.
It's a 13-1 LAL run here capped by a Hill J, Wayne Ellington's B2B jumpers, and 2 Ed Davis hoops. Suns lead cut to 6 at 34-28.
If Mark Madsen could play, he’d be the second best big man behind Ed Davis.
Ed Davis has 5 points, 3 boards and an assist in 5 minutes. He's been a bright spot in a tough start to the season.
Hmm...TV shows Kobe with that ice pack on his shoulder while on the bench. Pretty sure thats not normal either.
FREE ED DAVIS.
An Ed Davis put-back and Boozer jumper were just LAL's 5th and 6th FG's, as they narrowly close the gap to 33-19 after 1 Q in PHX.
Two-man game between Carlos Boozer and Wes Johnson. I should look away because I know what will happen, but I have to keep watching.
LAL have hit only 4 of 17 FG's, and given up 5 Suns 3's to trail 30-15 with 2 min. left in the 1st.
Suns' blowup mascots dancing to the Iggy/J-Lo jam "Booty." Somoeone get a camera on Nick Young, please.
Lead now 15 with 2:11 left in first qtr and Kobe on the bench. Game going downhill fast
At least Carlos Boozer has been so horrible that the other Lakers don't look quite as bad. ... PHX 30, LAL 15.
Why is Carlos Boozer on the court? Asking for a friend.
The fourth Suns triple matches LAL’s FG total, though the Lakers have made up a few points at the FT line (7 for 7) to trail 23-15.
Kobe looks furious sitting on the bench and unfortunately for him, it’s only Game 2 of the 2014-15 season =(
The first LAL time out comes after the 3rd triple from Phoenix gives the home team a 17-9 early lead. Kobe's 2 for 5, rest of team 1 for 8.
Kobe has 7 of Lakers' 9 points. Where is everyone else?
Kobe very animated tonight. Irritated by a non-call a few mins ago. Then he thought PHX traveled but a Jordan Hill foul was called. Unhappy.
One thing we can count on every single game this season: Carlos Boozer getting blocked.
Kobe's aggression on D was met with 2 straight whistles for reach ins. He didn't love the calls. Suns lead 14-9 midway through the 1st.