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Kobe Bryant provided additional proof that he is returning to form after his 31 point performance against the Suns on Wednesday night. Despite the prolific offensive performance by Bryant the Lakers were dominated by the Suns, losing 119-99 for their 2nd lost of the season.
Kobe Bryant caught fire in the 2nd quarter and helped cut what was an 18 point Suns lead down to 9. The Lakers behind Kobe’s 19 first half points went into halftime down by a score of 59-50.
The Suns quickly put a halt to any momentum that the Lakers had built up going into the half by dominating the 3rd quarter and at one point increasing their lead to as much as 29 points. The Suns shot a blazing hot 68 percent from the field in the 3rd.
Free agent pick up from this past off-season Isaiah Thomas came in off the Bench to score 21 points in just 20 minutes for the Suns.
The Suns got a well rounded effort from starting point guard Eric Bledsoe who finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Bledsoe was ejected in the 3rd quarter after kicking the scorers table in anger and being charged with his 2nd technical foul.
Wayne Ellington returned to play after missing the season opener as he recovered from a concussion which he suffered during the final preseason game. Ellington scored 13 points on 6 for 9 shooting off the bench.
Ed Davis stands to see a significant increase in playing time following the Juius Randle season ending injury and had a solid performance off the bench, scoring 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 32 minutes.
What was a constant theme during preseason, there was a huge disparity in the 3 point shooting department between both teams. The Suns shot 16 for 32 from behind the 3 point line to the Lakers 4 for 13 which equaled a 48 to 12 advantage in favor of the Suns.
The Lakers get a day off on Thursday before they face the Los Angeles Clippers at home on Friday and then play their second back to back of the early season as they go up north to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.