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Phoenix Suns Lose To Los Angeles Lakers’ Late Surge


The Phoenix Suns, who are now 1-1 on the season, were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers 100-95 despite being without mainstays Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.

Five of the Lakers’ scores came from mistakes as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Due to turnovers in their previous victory over Golden State, Phoenix saw the momentum turn against them, and that pattern continued into the second night of play.

Halfway through the first quarter, though, the Suns would immediately regain momentum and pass the Lakers for a 14–13 advantage. After going scoreless in the season opener, Grayson Allen scored his first basket as a Sun and also drove and kicked to other open players.

With Phoenix ahead 17–16, Eric Gordon made his eighth basket of the opening quarter and prompted a Lakers timeout.

Jordan Goodwin, the former Wizard and backup point guard, made a floater to extend the Suns’ advantage to double figures and increase their lead to 12-0.

With seven fewer rebounds and a meager 35% field goal percentage, Phoenix led the Lakers 30–18 at the half. Only one of Los Angeles’ nine three-point tries was successful.

After the Lakers embarked on a 20-5 run to grab a 38-35 lead at 5:55, Frank Vogel was forced to call a timeout to regroup his team. This proved to be LA’s to win. LeBron James made seven points and two assists during the run.

The Suns delivered on their new message after the half, winning 15-2 and finally leading 52-48 going into the locker room. Kevin Durant (15), Gordon (12), and Goodwin (10) scored in double figures as Phoenix forced ten turnovers.

Even though the Suns were still leading the Lakers by a slim margin going into the third quarter, Phoenix was again beset by turnovers. However, Durant turned things around in the third quarter, scoring 15 points to put Phoenix ahead 84-72 going into the fourth.

Los Angeles quickly went on a 6-0 run, forcing Vogel to call another timeout. Tension increased when Jusuf Nurkic was flagged for his fifth foul with 7:00 remaining in the game.

The Suns shot 1–12 from the field to start the fourth quarter, going cold. With 4:16 remaining in the game, a Davis and-1 conversion knotted the score at 87-87, but the Lakers didn’t fare much better.

During Phoenix’s subsequent drive, Nurkic had their eighth turnover of the quarter. As a result, LeBron split a double team and finished with a gorgeous layup to give Phoenix the lead.

Though Durant tied the score at 91-91 (and moved up to 12th place in the NBA’s all-time scoring list) with 41 seconds remaining in the game, James once again asserted his dominance around the rim by scoring eight straight baskets to put the Lakers ahead 95-91.

The Suns lost their opening game of the season because they were unable to overcome the deficit before the buzzer went off. Phoenix lost the last quarter of play, being outscored 28–11.

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