The Los Angeles Lakers ended their four-game road trip with a 100-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns, snapping a three-game losing streak before returning home to STAPLES Center. Jordan Clarkson had his best game of the season, scoring a team-high 25 points and providing a big punch off the bench.
LA got off to a slow start, going down 9-0 early and looking dispirited after being on the road for so long. It was a grinding game through the first half, with neither team pulling away by much once the initial hot start from the Suns cooled off.
The Lakers would turn things around through the second half, leaning on their defense and Clarkson’s hot hand to guide them through the game. The Suns shot 27 percent from beyond the arc, making just seven of their 26 three-point attempts. The Lakers, meanwhile, had one of their better shooting nights of the year, draining 14 of their 33 shots from outside (42%).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had himself a shooting night, knocking down fourth threes. Kyle Kuzma drained three of his own, and the all-around team effort was enough to push the Lakers to a win in Phoenix for the second time this season. Brook Lopez helped anchor the offense, going six-of-9 from the field for 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Devin Booker was his usual high-scoring self, tacking on a game-high 36 points. T.J. Warren put in 23 as well, but Phoenix failed to get much offensive production from the rest of their team. Dragan Bender’s career-best 15 points was notable, though.
Next up for the Lakers is a battle between two up-and-coming teams with the Philadelphia 76ers coming to town. The showcase of two of the most exciting young cores should be entertaining to say the least. Till then, enjoy that victory!