Phoenix Suns take care of business, get last meaningful win of the season 99-76 over the Los Angeles Lakers

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Kendall Marshall, Jared Dudley, and the bench systematically took apart the Lakers with their effort, hustle, and timely shot making. Then again, this could have all just been a dream or figment of my imagination.

It was Bizzaro World in Phoenix as the Phoenix Suns hosted the Los Angeles Lakers, where down was up and the sky was green. Don't believe me?

Before the game, WWE singer/ring announcer Lillian Garcia sang an inspired rendition of the National Anthem, followed by the Gorilla coming out in the playoff "Beat L.A." tower for a game in March that is for playoff seeding.

The game itself played off of that.

Early in the game, Dwight Howard missed consecutive dunks but finished off plays at the line, going 3-3 early from the charity stripe. To compound the weirdness, he stepped out and knocked down long jumpers while Jermaine O'Neal turned back the clock with a dunk over the league's best interior defender. Dwight was not Dwight early and then Kendall Marshall wasn't Kendall Marshall.

The rookie has 14 made threes on the season, but stepped up in the second quarter to hit back-to-back threes and a long two. Bizzaro World indeed.

This game was the Suns' last opportunity for a meaningful win on what has been a dismal season. They came out in the second and third quarter with the attitude that they were going to win this game. They dominated the Lakers on the glass (on both ends) and were able to get easy baskets in the paint. It didn't help that the Lakers played matador defense at times, but the point is the Suns found a way to score more points than another team, with a final of 99-76.

For a second time at home, the Suns were able to hold serve against their rivals, taking a game away from them in the loss column as the Lakers are in a competitive battle with the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, and now the Dallas Mavericks for positioning and, at this point, to make the playoffs in general.

Wesley Johnson (14 points) and Goran Dragic (11 points 10 assists) paced the offense early as Luis Scola closed out the game with 14 points 7 rebounds.

This Suns win was not about the lottery, percentages, or tanking. It was about getting one last great win in a season where there have been slim to none. The Suns now have more wins on the season than the Miami Heat have won in a row.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Bright Side Of The Sun

You must be a member of Bright Side Of The Sun to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bright Side Of The Sun. You should read them.

Join Bright Side Of The Sun

You must be a member of Bright Side Of The Sun to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bright Side Of The Sun. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker