With an improbable fourth-quarter comeback, the Phoenix Suns shocked the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night to steal a victory, 92-86.
This game was very close during the first half, but the Lakers gained an advantage in the third quarter, thanks to an 18-6 run that gave them a 10-point lead going into the final frame.
The Lakers' lead would balloon to as much as 13, but a breakdown on both sides of the ball helped erase that lead.
Phoenix would put together a run of its own, posting eight unanswered points to quickly climb back into the game. From there, things would continue to unravel for Los Angeles.
Michael Beasley made some huge shots down the stretch for his squad, while Luis Scola and Jared Dudley each made a pair of free throws late to put this game away.
Kobe Bryant had another solid all-around game for the Lakers, scoring 17 points with nine assists and five rebounds. However, Bryant wasn't much of a factor in the fourth quarter and couldn't help his team survive the Suns' late onslaught.
Dwight Howard left the game early during the fourth quarter when he appeared to reinjure his shoulder after trying to go back up with an offensive rebound, making contact with Suns guard Shannon Brown.
That is certainly not good news for the Lakers.
Beasley's performance was huge as he led all scorers with 27 points and was a major catalyst for the Suns late in this game.
Player of the Game: Michael Beasley
This was a no-brainer as Beasley was monumental in the Suns victory over the Lakers.
Not only did he lead all scorers off the bench with 27 points, but Beasley also added six rebounds and five steals in what was one of his best all-around games this season.
In the fourth, Beasley looked like a money player and scored some huge buckets down the stretch. Without him, Phoenix doesn't emerge victorious over Los Angeles.
What's Next for Los Angeles
Los Angeles' three-game winning streak is now over as the calendar is set to turn to February. However, the Lakers have two straight favorable matchups against losing teams. Both games will be on the road, first against the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Detroit Pistons.
What's Next for Phoenix
The win over the Lakers was easily the biggest win of the season for the Suns. Their impressive comeback should be more than enough to give them momentum as they prepare to take on the Dallas Mavericks at home on Friday.