Kobe Bryant improves to a B, but Lakers have no D
In his second game back, Bryant is Lakers' leading scorer with 20 points in 114-108 loss to the Suns.
By Mike Bresnahan
December 10, 2013, 11:10 p.m.
Kobe Bryant keeps moving up on the grade scale he has implemented for himself.
The Lakers, though, keep getting schooled at home.
Their latest loss was a lethargic one to the Phoenix Suns, 114-108, Tuesday at Staples Center.
GAME SUMMARY: Suns 114, Lakers 108
There was no cohesion, very little excitement and you could almost hear a home team fall below .500 with a 10-11 record.
Bryant looked better — 20 points on six-for-11 shooting with three assists and three turnovers — but the Lakers fell to 0-2 with him after also suffering a home loss Sunday to Toronto.
Lakers fans took out their anger on Pau Gasol, who scored 19 points but was a defensive liability and took only five rebounds in 29 minutes.
"Put your big-boy pants on, Pau," yelled a voice from the crowd in the final minute, apparently irritated that the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, took turns gashing Gasol down the stretch.
Phil Jackson floated into cyberspace via Twitter in the fourth quarter, urging the Lakers to make some defensive stops from whatever device he was using.
They didn't. They couldn't. Maybe they just can't right now.
Marcus Morris came close to a career high with 22 points, a not-so-refreshing occurrence for a Lakers team that already allowed six opposing players to claim career nights against them.
"Points in the paint right now is killing us," said Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who wanted the Lakers' defense to "almost be like spitting blood out there."
The Lakers spit out lots of easy opportunities.
Goran Dragic had 31 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18 and Markieff Morris had 15.http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... z2nC1xgeFX
Winners never quit and quitters never win.