Guard trio leads Suns to 115-100 win over Kobe-less Lakers
PHOENIX (AP) -- Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points apiece, fellow guard Eric Bledsoe added 17 and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the second half to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their fifth loss in a row, the last two without Kobe Bryant, 115-100 on Monday night.
Nick Young scored 24 for the Lakers, who were tied 51-all at halftime but fell behind by 10 in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth.
The Suns won their sixth in a row at home, their longest such streak in four years, and 13th in their last 17 overall.
Bryant sat out the loss at Utah on Friday to rest and then took Monday off, too. He is expected to rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday.
The Lakers have lost seven of eight, eight of 10 and 13 of 17.
The Suns took the lead for good when Dragic made the first basket of the third quarter.
Late in the period, Bledsoe - who had 12 points in the quarter - sank a 3-pointer, Marcus Morris made one of two free throws and Phoenix led 85-75 with 42 seconds left in the third. The Suns were up 87-77 after three.
Morris' 3-pointer put Phoenix up 102-83 with 6:58 to play.
Los Angeles managed to cut it to 106-100 when Jordan Hill sank a 19-footer with 2:59 left, but the Suns finished the game with a 9-0 run, the last five points coming from Markieff Morris.
The Lakers led much of the first half but never by more than six points, thanks in part to free throw troubles. Los Angeles was 15 for 23 at the line in the first two quarters.
The Lakers led 46-40 after Wayne Ellington's 3-pointer with 3:16 to play in the second period. But the Suns outscored the Lakers 11-5 the rest of the half. Thomas' 3-pointer tied it at 51 with 29.9 seconds to go.
Lakers: Los Angeles is 2-6 without Bryant this season. ... The Lakers lost center Tarik Black to a sprained right ankle with 5 minutes to play. ... Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a seat behind the L.A. bench. ... Los Angeles entered eighth in free throws attempted per game at 22. The Lakers had 23 in the first half.
Suns: Phoenix's home winning streak is its longest since winning eight in a row from March 14 to April 13, 2010. ... Alex Len had his string of consecutive double-digit rebound games snapped at four.
Lakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday.
Suns: Home against Portland on Wednesday.