Lakers vs. Suns Final Score: Patrick Beverley ejected for fighting in defeat

The Lakers fell to the Suns, 115-105, after one more great Devin Booker efficiency. He had 25 factors on the evening earlier than fouling out with simply over a minute remaining, however the Suns did not want that final minute from him to increase their successful streak over the Lakers to eight video games.

With LeBron James dominated out, Darvin Ham opted to go along with the identical beginning 5 that received the final three video games. With Phoenix at dwelling and with the second-best document in the West, many thought this could be a simple win for the Suns. In the primary quarter, the Lakers quieted that noise. They have been trailing by simply 4 after one, with Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Lonnie Walker IV enjoying properly in the quarter. The rebounding battle was all tied up at 14, and if it wasn’t for Booker getting sizzling in the center of the body and a few Mikal Bridges threes, the Lakers may’ve had the lead.

But they did not, and located themselves in acquainted territory, down coming into the second. Would they play like they’ve throughout the three-game successful streak, or fold now that they’re enjoying a successful crew? It was extra of the previous. The largely bench unit of Gabriel, Westbrook, Walker, Thomas Bryant and Austin Reaves held their very own whereas Anthony Davis bought some much-needed relaxation. AD returned on the 5:08 mark and continued to be productive, scoring 7 factors in the quarter. He did have a scare when his left arm/wrist collided with Devin Booker, however after a timeout, he returned and appeared okay.

Do who was greater than okay? Lonnie Walker IV and Russell Westbrook. Walker was dunking the basketball, ending layups close to the rim, and had 6 factors on six pictures on the half. Russ’ Sixth Man of the Year marketing campaign was alive and properly in the primary half, producing 7 factors and three assists in his 14 minutes. Thanks to this crew effort, the Lakers ended the quarter on an 18-6 run and took the lead into the half up 55-53.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, as has been typical for them, the third quarter began off tough. Phoenix got here out on a 10-2 run led by Booker, who was simply an excessive amount of for Reaves or any Laker to cowl.

With Davis nonetheless noticeably bothered by his left arm damage, the remainder of the crew struggled to attain. It wasn’t till halfway by way of the third when Walker began heating up once more, and an aggressive AD saved attending to the road and ending sturdy in the paint. Down by as many as ten in the third, the Lakers got here roaring again. However, the NBA is a sport of runs and the Suns countered and ended the third strongly. Phoenix took the quarter and entered the fourth up 86-79.

In the ultimate quarter, the Lakers may by no means shut the hole. Phoenix prolonged their lead by as a lot as 12 factors, and, to the Lakers’ credit score, they by no means folded. They bought as shut as six halfway by way of the interval, however essentially the most impactful factor that occurred in the quarter was Patrick Beverly’s ejection (and, probably, his looming suspension). He body-checked Deandre Ayton, who acquired a tech for his taunt at Austin Reaves, who was harshly fouled by Devin Booker, who additionally acquired a flagrant one in this alternate. The benches didn’t clear, however there was plenty of pushing and shoving from gamers on either side. It wasn’t the primary — and was seemingly not the final — time Phoenix has been or will likely be concerned in a state of affairs like this throughout the season.

The flagrant calls helped preserve the Lakers in the sport for a couple of minutes longer, nevertheless it solely delayed the inevitable. Despite one other phenomenal sport by Anthony Davis, the Lakers couldn’t win in Phoenix as soon as once more.

Key Takeaway

Anthony Davis is sweet at basketball. He is flirting with profession numbers in factors and rebounds and is lastly exhibiting the grit and availability that the Lakers desperately wanted from him the previous two seasons. He is not going to play all 82 like he dreamed of when the season began, however he is performed 15 of the 16 video games and it is arduous to think about asking extra of him. Not a lot has been constructive for the Lakers this season, however AD has been a franchise participant.

Next up for the Lakers is a back-to-back matchup in opposition to the Spurs beginning on Friday. The damage report will likely be one thing for all of Lakers Nation to watch, as hopefully LeBron James can return and we get affirmation that Anthony Davis’ damage immediately is nothing main.

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