His cross-crease pass bounced off Montreal
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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers have been giving playoff-contending teams more trouble over the past week than clubs that are way out of contention -- like themselves. Chris Kaman had a season-high 28 points along with 17 rebounds while starting at centre for the vertigo-stricken Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks scored 22 points, and Los Angeles snapped the Phoenix Suns six-game winning streak with a 115-99 victory Sunday night. It came just five days after the Lakers put a crimp in the New York Knicks post-season plans with a 31-point drubbing at Staples Center. In between that game and this one were a pair of road losses to the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the Lakers by 36 points Friday night. "Were trying to be the player-haters of the year. Thats definitely what were trying to do, and we embrace it," said point guard Kendall Marshall, who had 13 points and 11 assists. "We want to keep teams out of the playoffs and mess up seedings. Thats our motivation right now. Any type of motivation we can get to grow as a team is good for us right now." The undermanned Lakers shot 53 per cent from the field, avoiding what would have been Phoenixs first season sweep over them since 2004-05. The Suns won the first three meetings by an average margin of 13.3 points, including a 117-90 rout on Dec. 23 at US Airways Center. This was the first meeting between the teams in 2 1/2 months. "I dont know if we had a single guy who came with the energy that they usually have," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Weve had games like this before, where they think theyre just going to show up and win a game. Were not good enough to do that. These guys have been winning games lately because theyve been focused in, but tonight they just werent." The 25-48 Lakers beat a team with a winning record for only the eighth time all season. Gasol missed his fourth straight game because of his ailment, joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar on the inactive list. Gerald Green scored 22 points off the bench and Goran Dragic added 17 for the Suns, who missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 8-for-36 from behind the arc against a defence that came in having allowed an average of 119.1 in their previous 16 games and 108.9 overall -- second-worst in the league behind Philadelphia. The Suns shot 38.5 per cent overall. "Theyre not shooting them to miss them," an agitated Hornacek said. "They all thought they were going to make them, and its not always going to be there. So at that point, quit shooting them and drive to the basket." The Suns first loss since March 17 at Brooklyn dropped them to 44-30 and put them into a tie with idle Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference standings, a half-game ahead of Memphis. "Our schedule gets a lot harder after this," Hornacek said. "Play all the top teams now in the next six or seven games, so thats why this game was so important. I mean, if this happens against Oklahoma City or the Clippers, then fine. But this team is not a playoff team, so thats why its disappointing." Kaman, an 11-year veteran in his first season with the Lakers, secured his sixth double-double of the season before halftime with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles build a 61-43 lead at intermission. "Chris can do that. He has talent, and he came ready to play," coach Mike DAntoni said. Dragic, who came in with a team-best 20.6 scoring average, got seven of the Suns first 13 points -- but didnt get another until his driving layup with 8:39 left in the third quarter trimmed the Lakers lead to 70-48. The Suns, who came in fifth in the league in 3-point shooting at 37.7 per cent, didnt get their first one until Markieff Morris ended their drought with 8:45 left in the second quarter. His brother Marcus drained another one 34 seconds later and Green made a three-point play with 7:41 left in the half, tying it at 31 after Suns trailed by 13. But the Lakers responded with a 28-9 run that included nine points by Meeks, and Ryan Kelly capped the rally with a pair of free throws to give Los Angeles a 59-40 cushion with 1:06 left in the third. The Suns got no closer than 11 points with 3:43 to play. "They made a few runs and killed us. We didnt know how to stop them," Dragic said. "I think our intensity was really bad. Its like no one wants to play in the playoffs -- or at least it seems like that. " NOTES: The longest winning streak in Suns history was 17 games in 2006-07, under DAntoni. ... Kaman received a technical foul from referee Derrick Stafford after getting called for an offensive foul with the Lakers leading 80-55. ... The last time the Lakers hosted Phoenix on Dec. 10, they lost 114-108. That game was one of only six that Bryant has played in this season. ... 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The decision on the ice confirmed Ellers suspicion, that the puck had crossed the line. But the referees, with the help of video replay, overturned the initial call. "In my mind, I know the puck was inside," said Eller. The Canadiens went on to dominate the third period, but wouldnt find the back of the net again. Nashvilles Seth Jones would, though, as he scored the eventual winner. Rookie defenceman Jones, whos already turning heads this early in his career, was selected fourth overall in the 2013 entry draft by the Predators. He now has four points on the season. "Weve been very fortunate," said Predator head coach Barry Trotz. "We really got a special player in Seth Jones. We saw what he can do. He played big minutes tonight, scored the winning goal. Hes earning his own stripes." Jones goal tarnished a solid performance by Carey Price, who made 35 saves in the loss. Price has never beaten Nashville in his career. "PPrice was big for us," said right-winger Brendan Gallagher, the Canadiens lone goal scorer.dddddddddddd"We had a chance to win it late. But the only reason that was, was because he was so good early." Nashville captain Shea Weber opened the scoring with the man advantage at 12:31 of the first period. His cross-crease pass bounced off Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges and deflected past a helpless Price. Gallagher made it 1-1 at 7:02 of the second, finishing up a scramble in front of the net by lobbing the puck over Rinne. After Ellers disallowed goal, Jones walked into the Montreal zone, dangled the puck Gorges with a nifty move, and fired home his second goal of the season at 18:33 of the final period. "On the winning goal, it was bad coverage -- pretty simple," said Montreal head coach Michel Therrien. Rinne made 28 saves for the win. The loss put an end to the Canadiens four-game win streak. Montreal also lost forward Daniel Briere, who suffered a concussion after a second period hit by Nashvilles Eric Nystrom. Briere has a history of concussions, sustaining one in March, and another in January of last year. "I think it was an accident," Therrien said. "The two players ran into each other. I dont think the Nashville player was targeting his head." Brandon Prust also left the game with an upper-body injury. Before the game, Habs assigned defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton. The Canadiens welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Bell Centre on Tuesday. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '