Scola's big 4th helps Suns rout Kobe-less Lakers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013
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PHOENIX (AP) — Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Phoenix Suns pulled away for a 99-76 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without Kobe Bryant for the second straight night.

Steve Nash scored 19 against his former team, but was just 6 of 17 as the Lakers shot 33 percent for the game.

Scola also grabbed eight of his nine rebounds in the final period.

The Suns outscored the Lakers 28-10 in the fourth quarter to snap a four-game losing streak.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but was just 6 of 18 from the field for the Lakers, still without injured Pau Gasol.

Wesley Johnson added 14 points for the Suns, who beat the Lakers in Phoenix for the fourth time in a row.

Goran Dragic had 12 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had six players in double figures. Jared Dudley scored 13, Kendall Marshall 11 and Michael Beasley 10 for Phoenix.

Bryant, who had played in every game this season, missed his second in a row because of a sprained left ankle, an injury that occurred last week against Atlanta. He played the first quarter of the next game at Indiana, but sat out the rest of that game, then missed the win against Sacramento on Sunday night.

The Lakers lost for only the second time in eight games. They are 11-4 since the All-Star break.

Los Angeles shot 19 percent (4 of 21) in the fourth quarter. The 76 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns this season.

Phoenix led 71-66 after three, then scored the first six of the fourth quarter to go up 77-66 on Beasley's reverse layup with 9:15 to go. Los Angeles twice cut it to eight before Scola scored four in a 9-0 surge that put Phoenix up 87-70. Scola's second 3 in 13 tries this season gave Phoenix a 92-75 lead with 3:38 to go.

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