Dario Saric led the charge for the Phoenix Suns when Devin Booker got ejected and Chris Paul failed to fire in the 4th quarter for the Phoenix Suns. Saric scored 10 of his 21 points in that particular quarter to ensure LA Lakers do not come back. Although LeBron James scored 38, he always seemed to be lacking the killer extinct from downtown. Even though he scored clutch 3-pointers to bring LA Lakers close the margin in the last minutes. Yet, it wasn’t enough.
Devin Booker scored 17 points before getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left in the third quarter. The Phoenix Suns still took charge down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 games while also moving past the defending champions (24-12) into second place in the Western Conference by winning percentage.
Phoenix Suns overcome Devin Bokker’s ejection to stop LeBron James and his LA Lakers
The LA Lakers couldn’t keep up without regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol. Kuzma was a late scratch with a bruised right heel, while Gasol missed his first game under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
James, who led the NBA in assists last season, repeatedly scored in the paint against Phoenix while taking an uncharacteristic off-ball role on many possessions. His highest-scoring performance since January 25 still wasn’t enough for the Lakers.
Anthony Davis has missed eight straight games with a calf injury. Alex Caruso had seven points and six rebounds before leaving late with neck spasms. Damian Jones played just seven minutes against his former team despite the Lakers’ lack of a center.
The Suns snapped their five-game skid against the Lakers at Staples Center since November 2017. Having said that, the LA Lakers need their marquee player AD to come back to return in top form before the conference gets tougher than ever during the closing stages.