The Lakers pulled out one of their easiest wins of the season, using 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to build an 18-point lead during a 115-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Phoenix tried to make some runs in the second half but never truly challenged the Lakers, who improved to 25-48.
The Suns got a spark from Gerald Green off the bench with 22 points, but Phoenix struggled defensively for most of the night.
Playing without Pau Gasol (vertigo), Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Xavier Henry (knee) and Jordan Farmar (groin), the Lakers coasted to victory despite shooting only 5 of 18 from three-point range.
Ryan Kelly added 17 points off the bench while reserve Nick Young contributed 11. Starters Kent Bazemore finished wiht 12 points and five assists while Kendall Marshall chipped in a double-double against his former team with 13 points and 11 assists.
The Suns (44-30), fighting for playoff position, shot only 38.5% from the field, getting 17 points from Goran Dragic. Former Clipper Eric Bledsoe, though, shot just 1 of 9 from the field for 10 points, making 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.
The win could be costly for the Lakers, who are now tied with the Sacramento Kings (25-48) for the sixth-worst record in the league. The Utah Jazz (23-51) and Boston Celtics (23-50) might not win two more games this season, although Utah still plays the Lakers, and Boston will draw the Philadelphia 76ers (16-57) twice.
The Suns weren't able to gain much traction for a comeback in the third quarter, still down big to the Lakers.
The Lakers are shooting 54.0% from the field and are holding a big lead despite shooting only 4 of 12 from three-point range.
Gerald Green has 19 points off the bench to lead the Suns, while starting point guard Goran Dragic has 17 points and four assists. Phoenix is shooting only 37.8% from the field.
Gerald Green sparked a Phoenix run to make up all of the Suns' first-half deficit, giving his team a one-point lead almost halfway through the second quarter.
Green's scoring jag ended with just over five minutes left in the period, with the Suns trailing the Laker, 40-39.
Over the next four minutes, the Lakers scored 17 unanswered points to pull ahead of Phoenix, 57-39.