Suns video: Kelly Oubre, Josh Jackson alley-oop play off a LeBron James turnover
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Video: Suns’ Kelly Oubre, Josh Jackson alley-oop play off a LeBron James turnover

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The Phoenix Suns dominated over the dysfunctional Los Angeles Lakers, and this particular highlight play from Kelly Oubre and Josh Jackson early in the second quarter sums up how they did it.

Phoenix took advantage of what was another lackluster performance from the Lakers, with Kelly Oubre and Josh Jackson embarrassing their visitors with an impressive alley-oop connection in transition.

The Lakers are down, and the Suns are kicking them down even further while they are at it. Despite a late game push, Los Angeles failed to finish their come back bid against the Arizona-based squad after trailing by as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The young Suns showed great poise down the stretch as they fended off a fourth-quarter rally by the Lakers to win, 118-109.

The Purple and Gold have been struggling mightily ever since LeBron James injured his groin on Christmas Day. Since then, they’ve dropped out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

Even with their 34-year-old superstar back in the fold for a number of weeks now, they have not regained their early season stride. They have continued to struggle and have dropped games even against teams in the bottom of the league standings.

A match against the league-worst Suns should be an easy W for the Lakers, but it seems they have this big red target on their back every time they play and opposing teams always seem to put their best foot forward against the James-led squad.

It doesn’t help, too, that the team isn’t bringing the energy they need in order to make a final push for a postseason berth. The Lakers’ chances of making the playoffs are getting slimmer with every loss.