The Los Angeles Lakers made a massive push in the fourth quarter but ultimately lost 95-90 to the Phoenix Suns. The slow starts the Lakers have been accustomed to reared its head again, but this time waiting until the second quarter. The purple and gold scored just 10 points in that period, struggling to accomplish anything.
The only Laker player to show any sign of life was Lou Williams, who rattled off a game-high 30 points while making four of his nine three-point attempts. Marcelo Huertas had a bit of a pulse as well, slinging 10 (game-high) assists. The starting lineup combined for just 31 points.
Julius Randle ended the night with a mere two points, going one-of-nine from the field. Jordan Clarkson made some noise, but it was the clanking of the rim reverberating through Staples Center. He made just two of his 13 attempts, and one of his five three-pointers. D'Angelo Russell led all Lakers starters with nine points, but went just 2-of-10 from the field.
Devin Booker put in 21 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Brandon Knight scored 22 points off the bench on a (game-high) 20 attempts. Both teams played relatively similar, each shooting 36 percent overall and 26 percent from beyond the arc.
It ultimately lines up as just another ugly Lakers game in a season full of them, but serves as an important one. The only positive to take away from this one is that the Lakers' draft lottery odds received some reinforcement with Phoenix pulling away with the win.