The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in a 119-108 victory, now riding the wave of a three-game winning streak and over-.500 record. Julius Randle made huge plays throughout the game, ending the night with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Randle put the final nail in the coffin, baiting the Suns’ defense into believing he was set to drive into Tyson Chandler before zipping a pass into the hands of Jordan Clarkson for a clinching three-pointer. Game.
Devin Booker scorched the nets for 39 points but it wasn’t enough to dim the lights on the burning-bright Lakers. D’Angelo Russell had a forgettable night, going just 2-of-11, but hit a huge three late in the fourth quarter to swing momentum in the Lakers’ favor. Randle set the bone-crushing screen that freed Russell up for the basket.
Larry Nance, Jr. was forced to leave the game early after banging the back of his head on the hardwood. He returned to the game after taking a tough spill, but played only a short spurt before the Lakers pulled him for the rest of the contest. He’s also expected to miss Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Six Lakers reached double figures in scoring, spreading the scoring responsibility around. Jordan Clarkson led the bench unit with 18 points, attacking the paint and finishing around the rim well. Nick Young scored a team-high 22 points, draining three of his seven three-point attempts.
Another game, another great team effort from the Lakers, and another win.