The Los Angeles Lakers lost their 10th game in a row in Phoenix, falling to the Suns for the second time in under a week in a 119-107 loss. Both teams started off slow, combining to score just a single point through the first three minutes, which in some respects is a pretty difficult task to accomplish.
Devin Booker and Brandon Knight gave the Lakers' defense fits again, both scoring over 20 points as they did in the loss last Friday. Booker scored a game-high 28 points while going 12-of-22 from the field and dishing out seven assists.
The crowd was popping for Kobe Bryant, who played on the road in the desert for the last time in the second half of a back-to-back. He nailed a few textbook Kobe shots early in the game, had a pretty snazzy assist to Julius Randle, and drained a few three-pointers late in the fourth to round out his farewell to the desert. Bryant ended the game with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Julius Randle had another good all-around game, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Jon Leur carried the Suns through the second half though, playing all 24 minutes while scoring 17 of his 22 points.
Lakers and Kobe fans enjoyed a chance to say goodbye to the Mamba in Arizona, and in the background the Lakers' draft lottery odds are looking a little safer in regards to staying in front of Phoenix. They'll have a day to head back home after their short road trip to the desert before hosting the Denver Nuggets on Friday.