Half: Suns 56, Lakers 53

The Lakers got plenty of easy baskets in the first half of tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns, scoring 38 of their 53 points in the paint. They also outrebounded the Suns, 25-16.
They didn’t lead at halftime, however. The Suns seemed willing to trade two points for three in the first half. Phoenix made 12 of 20 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (60 percent). They were 21 of 42 overall (50 percent). Jason Richardson led Phoenix with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 4 of 5 on 3s. Lamar Odom had 15 points and Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant added 14 points each. Bryant was the only one of the two to shoot a 3. He was 1-for-2. He also had seven assists and five rebounds and a triple-double was possible.

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