Lakers let one slip away vs. the Suns, 92-86; Dwight Howard re-aggravates shoulder and exits game
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On Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns snapped the Los Angeles Lakers three game wining streak.
The Suns were led by Michael Beasley’s season high 27 points, while the Lakers have now lost eight straight on the road.
In a rather slow-paced first half, the Lakers suffered 12 turnovers as the game was tied 41-41. The Lakers seized the lead in the 3rd quarter and appeared to be on their way towards a 4th straight victory. However, a 29-13 run by the Suns in the 4th quarter would snatch away the victory.
Adding to the Lakers’ troubles, halfway through the quarter, center Dwight Howard re-aggravated his right shoulder after a rough foul from Shannon Brown. Howard left the game in extreme pain and his status is unkown at the moment.
In a bright moment, Steve Nash made his return to Phoenix after several memorable years as their floor leader. During a timeout, the Suns showcased a tribute video of Nash on their jumbo-tron accompanied by a standing ovation from the crowd.
“It’s very humbling to be remembered and to be appreciated,” said Nash. “I thank them all; it’s obviously a very special place for me!”
The Suns have certainly not forgotten what Nash has done for their team and community as his picture remains in the hallway of US Airways Center along with notable Suns players of the past.
Although the Lakers lost, falling to 20-26 on the season, Kobe Bryant who scored 17 points while dishing out 9 assists, remained optimistic after the game.
“We’re playing well,” insisted Bryant. “They got back in the game made some good shots. I’m not too concerned about it.”
The Lakers are looking to climb out of the tenth spot in the Western Conference but if they continue to lose on the road they may fail to make the postseason
The Lakers next head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Friday night. The game will be televised on ESPN at 9:30 ET.