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Monday, December 23rd (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Lakers (13-14) at Phoenix Suns (16-10), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will try to defeat the rival Los Angeles Lakers for the second time in almost two weeks when the Pacific Division foes collide Monday at US Airways Center.

The Suns handed the Lakers a 114-108 loss on Dec. 10 at Staples Center and Goran Dragic finished with a game-high 31 points. Kobe Bryant, who is out again with left tibial plateau fracture in his knee, scored 20 points in that one for Los Angeles.

Phoenix has won five of the past seven meetings with the Lakers, losers in four straight trips to the desert.

Saturday's 123-108 beating of the Dallas Mavericks gave Phoenix its seventh win in eight tries. Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, and Channing Frye added 18 points for the Suns, who made 15- of-30 3-pointers and shot 51.2 percent.

P.J. Tucker had 16 points and Dragic ended with 13 in the win. The 123 points scored were a season high and Phoenix is averaging 108.3 ppg in the last eight contests. The Suns are 13-4 when scoring 100-plus points.

"The confidence is way up," Dragic said. "We were shooting the ball well."

Dragic is averaging 19.6 points per game in his last five, while Frye is posting an average of 14.3 ppg in the last 15.

The Suns are 9-4 as the host this season.

Los Angeles looks to get back on track and had won two in a row and three of four games before Saturday's 102-83 loss at Golden State.

Nick Young, who leads the Lakers with 15.4 ppg, had 20 points and Jordan Hill ended with 14 and 10 rebounds. Chris Kaman ended with 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Los Angeles, which shot just 32.5 percent for the game and made only 4-of-20 3-point attempts.

Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry both scored 13 points in defeat.

"They battled. We just didn't have enough," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We played with heart until we ran out of gas."

The Lakers are still without guards Steve Nash (back) and Steve Blake (elbow), while center Pau Gasol is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and missed Saturday's game. Gasol is probable against the Suns and is averaging 15.0 points and 9.4 rebounds this season.

Los Angeles, which is 6-8 on the road, has a big home matchup on tap for Christmas versus LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

12/23 10:25:31 ET

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Schedule

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Dallas 4/20 1:00 PM ET
San Antonio TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Charlotte 4/20 3:30 PM ET
Miami ABC
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago TNT, CSN-WAS, CHI
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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NYM
ATL
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SEA
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PIT
MIL
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WAS
STL
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NYY
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LOS
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PHI
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SFG
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BAL
1:00pm Today
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DAL
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CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
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