Nick Young scored 19-points. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
The short-handed Los Angeles Lakers got pummeled 117-90 by the Phoenix Suns Monday night. A stagnant offense and lackluster defense has left the Lakers on a two game losing streak.
The Lakers were coming off a 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors and were attempted to bounce back before taking on the Miami Heat Christmas Day.
Unfortunately the Lakers defensive woes continued, as they were outrebounded 62-39. The Suns also had 18 more defensive rebounds than the Lakers. No Laker had more than six rebounds.
The Lakers also struggled from the field shooting a mere 37 percent, and only 30 percent from the 3-point line. L.A. left 13 points off the board, as they were only 24-37 from the free throw line shooting at 64.9 percent. They also dished out 12 less assists than the Suns who had 24.
Nick Young came off the bench and finished with a team high 19 points. Jodie Meeks added 18 points, while Pau Gasol finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
The Suns were led by Gerald Green who led all scorers with 22 points. Green made six three pointers and was 7 of 13 from the field. Miles Plumlee and Eric Bledsoe came up big for the Suns and each tallied a double-double.
Plumlee finished with 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, while Bledsoe added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Suns shot 46.7 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from the 3-point line. The Suns have now won five straight over the Lakers at home.
L.A. drops to 13-15 on the season and 1-2 since Kobe Bryant was sidelined with a knee injury. The Lakers will return home and get one day off before taking on the 21-6 Miami Heat.