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Suns 121, Lakers 114

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PHOENIX -- Guard Gerald Green scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and the Phoenix Suns used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 Wednesday night.

The Suns returned home after losing four of five on an Eastern road trip, and they beat the Lakers for the sixth straight time at US Airways Center.

Suns forward Markieff Morris had 17 of his 24 points in the first half, and center Channing Frye produced 10 of his 20 in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix guard Goran Dragic finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He scored eight points during an 18-8 Phoenix run down the stretch to finish off the win.

Center Pau Gasol had 22 points and forward Wesley Johnson added 22 for Los Angeles. The injury-riddled Lakers dressed only eight players and lost one in the second period when forward Nick Young was ejected for throwing a retaliatory punch after a hard foul to his head by Phoenix center Alex Len.

Len was assessed a flagrant-2 foul on the play and was also ejected for starting the fracas, which took several minutes to unravel.

Center Chris Kaman scored 18 points for the Lakers, who led by 13 in the first half but lost their sixth consecutive game and fell for the 12th time in 13 games. US Airways Center was the first stop on their seven-game road trip.

The Lakers tied the game for the final time at 93-93 on two free throws by Kaman with 9:22 left. The Suns reeled off the next nine points in a row, with guard Ish Smith capping the run with two layups, one off a steal.

The Suns led by as many as eight in the first quarter thanks to nine points from Markeiff Morris. The Lakers closed the period on a 9-0 run, with a baseline hook shot by Kaman giving them a 27-27 lead

Emotions boiled over with 7:33 left in the half when Len tried to block Young's fast-break dunk attempt but caught Young instead. Young hit the ground hard but popped up immediately looking for Len. He was intercepted by Markieff Morris and Phoenix forward Marcus Morris, but Young persisted and took a swing with an open hand that connected with the head of Dragic.

After a long delay to review the replay, Young and Len were ejected and Marcus Morris picked a technical foul.

The Lakers led 38-37 after the free throws were shot, and they were energized after the incident. Guard Kendall Marshall sank two 3-pointers during an 18-6 run, and his long bomb with 2:54 left in the half gave Los Angeles a 56-43 lead.

The Suns ended the half on a 7-0 run and pulled within 58-54 when forward P.J. Tucker banked in a Dragic feed just before the buzzer.

The Suns outscored the Lakers 34-24 in the third, with Green leading the way.

NOTES: Suns G Leandro Barbosa, who scored 21 points in 30 minutes Monday in New York, suffered a sprained right shoulder late against the Knicks, and he didn't play Wednesday. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he hoped Barbosa could play Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. ... Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni knows what the Suns are missing without injured G Eric Bledsoe. Los Angeles is on its sixth point guard (Kendall Marshall) with Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Steve Nash all out due to injuries. "Anytime you miss your point guard, it's going to hurt you. We've been missing five of them," he said. "(Goran) Dragic will take over for them, but when you have two guys and suddenly you don't have one to back him up, that's where it hurts them." ... Dragic failed to score 20 points for just the third time in 10 games. ... D'Antoni on the seven-game road trip that began Wednesday: "You don't want to say, 'OK, that game we can't win.' We try to win them all. But at the same time we would like to have a winning record. We might get some guys back after that and go from there."

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