Shocking is one of them. Remarkable is another. Beat-down is one more, although that’s more like two, isn’t it? But that’s probably the best description of what the Lakers did to the Phoenix Suns in a 119-98 rout at the U.S. Airways Center. It was the Lakers’ first victory in Phoenix since Feb. 22, 2004, ending an 0-6 skid. The lopsided victory also kept the Lakers from starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2002-03. It also was a small slice of payback for their ouster at the hands of the Suns in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. NBA: L.A. ends six-game slump in desert with help from the schedule. By Elliott Teaford Staff Writer PHOENIX – There are words for what happened Friday night in the desert. “I don’t like the word shocking, I like remarkable,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “It was a remarkable thing to have happen.” Above all, it seemed to give the Lakers a sense of calm after weeks of uncertainty and speculation surrounding Kobe Bryant, who as recently as Wednesday night was rumored to be traded to the Chicago Bulls. “It was a good win for us,” Bryant said. “We need wins like this to reach the next notch. It shows we have a lot of will. That’s what I like about our team. … “It doesn’t end. It’s one game out of 82. We understand that we’ve got to keep this going.” It was a victory that was not without a bit of controversy, however. Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni was upset that Jackson took back-to-back timeouts late in the game. Jackson said he was trying to get the timeouts out of the way (each team is required to take one timeout per quarter in addition to the mandatory television timeouts) and get the game over. “You take eight minutes to explain maybe one play that he probably didn’t run,” D’Antoni said. “I thought he disrespected our players, but I know he likes to play the mind games and that’s fine. He might want to try and do it in playoff time, when we bust them every time. We’ve got them three more times (this season), that’s fine.” In the final analysis, it was difficult to discern which was the elite team and which was the team hoping to scramble into the playoffs this season. The Lakers shot 56.5 percent (48-for-85), ruled the paint and the backboards and displayed more depth and persistence than the Suns. Remarkably enough, five Lakers scored 10 or more points, led by Vladimir Radmanovic, who had 19. Bryant had 16 points and 11 rebounds, sitting out the fourth quarter as the game was decided when the Lakers went on a 19-8 run to build a 95-67 lead by the end of the third. Their lead would eventually grow to 33 points early in the fourth. Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum each had 14 points and Sasha Vujacic had 12. Bynum added 13 rebounds to help the Lakers outrebound the Suns, 54-34. Leandro Barbosa led Phoenix with 23 points. With no shortage of motivation, the Lakers came out with razor-sharp focus. Well, after Kwame Brown lost the opening tip because he wasn’t paying attention and after they fell behind by 8-2, then they played with a razor-sharp focus. The Lakers led by as many as 17 points en route to a 63-50 halftime lead. They exploited the Suns’ lack of brawn in the paint and shot 53.1 percent (26-for-49) and outrebounded the Suns, 27-16, in the first half. The Lakers played like a team with a great deal to prove. The Suns played like a team that had opened the season the night before in Seattle, flying through the night and getting little rest before their home opener. The Suns shot 42.1 percent in the first half and made only 14 of 21 free throws (66.7 percent). “They didn’t do the things they usually do,” Jackson said of the Suns. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!