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

The Lakers fell to the Suns, 115-105, after one more super Devin Booker efficiency. He had 25 factors on the night time 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 together with the identical beginning 5 that received the final three video games. With Phoenix at dwelling and with the second-best report in the West, many thought this might 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 taking part in properly in the quarter. The rebounding battle was all tied up at 14, and if it wasn’t for Booker getting scorching in the center of the body and a few Mikal Bridges threes, the Lakers would possibly’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 in the course of the three-game successful streak, or fold now that they’re taking part in a successful workforce? 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 received 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 you realize 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 workforce 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 harm, the remainder of the workforce struggled to attain. It wasn’t till halfway by way of the third when Walker began heating up once more, and an aggressive AD stored attending to the road and ending robust in the paint. Down by as many as ten in the third, the Lakers got here roaring again. However, the NBA is a recreation 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 might 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 received 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 trade. The benches did not clear, however there was quite a lot of pushing and shoving from gamers on each side. It wasn’t the primary — and was doubtless not the final — time Phoenix has been or shall be concerned in a scenario like this in the course of the season.

The flagrant calls helped maintain the Lakers in the sport for a couple of minutes longer, however it solely delayed the inevitable. Despite one other phenomenal recreation 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 displaying the grit and availability the Lakers desperately wanted from him the previous two seasons. He will not 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 towards the Spurs beginning on Friday. The harm report shall be one thing for all of Lakers Nation to observe, as hopefully LeBron James can return and we get affirmation that Anthony Davis’ harm in the present day is nothing main.

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