Halftime: Lakers 57, Suns 50

PHOENIX — It was fast, but not as fast as the Phoenix Suns might have liked in the first half tonight. The Lakers didn’t allow the Suns to run amok in the first half, holding modest leads for most of the early minutes. The Lakers might have taken too many shots too quickly, but for the most part their pacing was just fine against the hyperactive Suns. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and Kobe Bryant scored 12 on 5-for-12 shooting. Grant Hill scored 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting a little more than 16 minutes.