NBA: Chris Paul, Suns run runs out of Lakers

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Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns tries to kick the ball past Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on December 19, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns beat the Lakers 130-104. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

In a game without much star power, Chris Paul scored 28 points and made eight assists on Monday as the Phoenix Suns clinched a 130-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Mikal Bridges added 20 as the Suns won without All-Star guard Devin Booker, who was sidelined with a groin injury one game after scoring 58 points before the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Suns are also without Cameron Payne for the third straight game because of a sprained right foot. Ayton is back after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle.

Dennis Schroder scored a top 30 of the season for the Lakers, who are playing without LeBron James (left ankle) and Anthony Davis (right foot pain). Los Angeles is also free of Russell Westbrook (left foot pain) and Austin Reaves (right ankle sprain).

Davis is out of action for at least two weeks.

The Suns had a much easier time overcoming all the staffing issues, leading 38-24 at half-time and taking a 68-44 lead at halftime after shooting 50. % (23 of 46) off the field before halftime.

Phoenix leads 99-77 after three quarters as all five starters hit double digits in terms of goalscoring record.

In the game, Torrey Craig scored 17 for the Suns, Damion Lee had 15 and Landry Shamet added 13. Kendrick Nunn scored 17 points for the Lakers, while Lonnie Walker IV and Thomas Bryant each added 16 points.

The Suns are down 49.5% from the field as they win their third game in a row after a five-game losing streak. Phoenix has a 51-38 recovery advantage.

The Lakers shot 44.8% away and lost for the fourth time in their last five road games.

Scotty Pippen Jr., who was just named G League Player of the Week, had four points in 15 minutes in his first game against the Lakers since November 7 and his third NBA game. in his career. He is the son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.


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