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Byron Scott calls out Julius Randle's defense after Lakers' win

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The head coach did not like what he saw from the sophomore forward on defense.

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers had their largest victory of the year on Sunday night, beating the Phoenix Suns 97-77 to push their first win streak of the season to three games. Lakers sophomore power forward Julius Randle had a forgettable night offensively, missing all four of his shots and scoring just 2 points. Randle did however have a monster effort on the boards, grabbing 12 rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time. Despite that, Lakers head coach Byron Scott was dissatisfied with Randle's effort on the defensive end against the Suns and let him and reporters know about it after the game.

"First of all you've got to guard your man," Scott said, after admitting he had called Randle out in front of the team in the locker room. "It's not just him, but I did mention his name in there. If you disrespect the game, the game will disrespect you back."

Randle did not speak to the media, and was noticeably upset when subbed out for Larry Nance, Jr. with 4:43 to go in the fourth quarter. "I don't mind [Randle] getting mad when getting taken out," Scott told the media after the game.

A lack of minutes for Randle has been an issue at times this season, with Nance, Jr.'s strong play forcing Scott to give the 27th overall pick significant floor time. Scott recently discussed remedying the situation by playing Nance, Jr. and Randle together, but noted that this would not be an adjustment he would be making immediately.

Quotes transcribed via Time Warner Cable Sportsnet