The Los Angeles Lakers snapped an eight-game losing streak on Thursday, rolling past the Phoenix Suns, 122-110.
After a back-and-forth start, Los Angeles’ offense kept clicking in the second half. The Lakers outscored the Suns (61-47) in the second half to earn their first road victory since February 10 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
D’Angelo Russell led a strong performance from the entire young core with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Brandon Ingram also added 14 points and six rebounds while Julius Randle 13 points and eight boards. Off the bench, Jordan Clarkson poured in 19 points while the bench buddies Ivica Zubac and Larry Nance, Jr. tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Suns had five players in double-figures, led by Devin Booker’s 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Rookie Marquese Chriss scored 18 points and TJ Warren recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lakers avenged an embarrassing 137-101 loss in their last trip to Phoenix just before the All-Star break. Both teams still sit at the bottom of the league standings, but the gap has been trimmed with the Lakers moving to 20-45, just one game worse than the Suns at 21-44.
Next up for the Lakers is a Sunday matchup as the Philadelphia 76ers come to Los Angeles for the second and final meeting between the two teams.