On January 30, the Phoenix Suns shocked the world by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 92-86. It was Steve Nash's first game in Phoenix since the infamous sign-and-trade that sent him to L.A.
The Lakers responded Tuesday night with a 91-85 victory that gives them eight wins in their past 11 games.
It was because Kobe didn't attempt a single field goal:
Kobe Bryant 0 FGA in 1st half for 1st time since March 5, 2004 (left that game with an injury in the 1st minute)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 13, 2013
Kobe didn't register an attempted field goal until the 7:30 mark of the third quarter.
Aside from Kobe not shooting, he managed to lead the Lakers to a 30-22 lead after the first quarter. Metta World Peace and Howard each scored eight points during the opening quarter.
The Lakers extended their lead to 56-47 at the half behind Antawn Jamison's hot shooting.
Come the third quarter, the Lakers found a way to miss 14 consecutive field-goal attempts. The Suns embarked on a balanced 18-2 run to take a 71-65 lead.
Phoenix held L.A. to just nine points in the third quarter. Nine.
Jodie Meeks opened the fourth with a quick three-pointer. The Lakers quickly responded with Metta World Peace's defensive intensity leading to points.
L.A. went on a 13-2 run to take an 81-75 lead. Phoenix's rhythm was lost on offense.
From there on out, it was an all-out battle. With Steve Nash leading the offense, however, L.A. managed to close out against his former team.
The Lakers secured a 91-85 win that saw Bryant fail to make a field goal until the 2:10 mark of the fourth quarter.
Co-Players of the Game: Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard responded to criticism with a monster performance while playing with just one arm. D-12 went off for 19 points and 18 rebounds, tacking on an additional two blocks and a steal.
This well-rounded production is what L.A. needs from Howard on a nightly basis.
An additional mention goes out to Antawn Jamison, who saved the Lakers from a loss. With the Lakers failing to get anything going offensively, Jamison stepped up with offensive rebounds and scoring.
Jamison finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four offensive boards in 33 minutes.
Together, D-12 and Jamison earn Player of the Game honors. The tandem played an equal role in securing this win and earn honors for such.
A dominant interior performance by the Lakers.
What's Next for the Suns?
Tuesday night wasn't easy for the Phoenix Suns, as they fell to 17-36 on the season. Fortunately, the Suns are going to get a chance to think about what they did wrong.
The next time Phoenix plays is February 19—a full seven days from now.
Next up, Phoenix will be at the 25-27 Portland Trail Blazers. The two sides have split their season series thus far.
February 19 will be their final meeting of the season.
What's Next for the Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers improve to 25-28 with their victory over the Suns. They play just one more game this week, as they host their intra-venue rival Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, February 14.
From there, the Lakers are at home until February 24. A rest that the veterans most definitely need after spending their past seven games on the road.
Lakers win 91-85 and have now won eight of 11.