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The Lakers played without Kobe Bryant for the 2nd straight game and 8th time this season, and like in most games that they have gone to play without him they’ve lost. As was the case on Monday where the Lakers lost to the Suns in Phoenix, 115-100, a game in which they turned the ball over a season high 23 times which turned into 27 points for the opposition.
The Lakers are now 2-8 when Kobe does not play which and will likely have to go on without him for quite a few more games throughout the season.
The Phoenix Suns got 65 points from their 3 headed point guard of Goran Dragic (24 points), Eric Bledsoe (17) and Isaiah Thomas (24.)
Nick Young came in off the bench to lead the Lakers in scoring with 24. Jeremy Lin started in place of Ronnie Price and finished with 10 points and 10 assists.
The Lakers played to a tie in the first 2 quarters but in the 3rd the Suns pulled away, winning the 3rd 36-26 and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.
In the decisive 3rd quarter the Suns were led by Eric Bledsoe who scored 12 points in the quarter on 4 for 6 from the field; he also dished out 4 assists and had 2 steals.
The drops the Lakers record to 12-30 which keeps them ranked 14th in the Western Conference and 4 spots from dead last in the entire NBA.
For those interested in the Lakers retaining that top 5 protected pick in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft here are the “tank” rankings from Tankathon.com:
The Lakers face the Pelicans in New Orleans in their next game on Wednesday.