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NBA: Suns pull away to keep Lakers championship on track


Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns tackles the ball against Austin Reaves #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns tackles the ball against Austin Reaves #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges each scored 25 points to help the Phoenix Suns win 115-105 over the challenging Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 points and Deandre Ayton added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix, making it 9-1 at home. Cameron Payne had 11 points and 7 assists for the Suns.

Anthony Davis had 37 points, 5 shots saved and a season best of 21 rebounds and 5 steals for the Lakers, who fell 0-6 on the road. Davis is the third Laker to score 30 or more points and win 15 or more rebounds in four straight games, along with Elgin Baylor and Shaquille O’Neal.

Lonnie Walker IV scored 24, Russell Westbrook added 21 and Austin Reaves got 11 for the Lakers.

Los Angeles played the fifth game in a row without LeBron James (additor).

The Suns are without Chris Paul (heel) for the seventh game in a row.

Phoenix took 47.1% of his shots and was 16 of 34 (also 47.1%) from 3-point. The bridge is 5 out of 7 from behind the arc.

The Lakers shot 42.4% long and low 4/22 (18.2%) from 3 points.

The tension was evident after an incident with the game left 3:55 in which the Lakers’ Patrick Beverley was sent off.

“Pat needs to stop pushing people behind,” Booker said. “Push them to the chest.”

The sequence begins with Booker blatantly fouling 1 for hitting Reaves in the face while disputing his shot and sending him to the ground. Ayton stood above Reaves and said something, and Beverley rushed in from behind and sent a hard body check to Ayton’s left side.

Ayton was judged to be technically fouled for taunts and Beverley withdrew a goal for a physical strike. Reaves took both free throws as fouled by Booker.

Los Angeles was in the sixth round after Davis’ next pitch, but Phoenix started to split again. Torrey Craig’s 3-pointer made it 113-102 with 1:56 left, and the Suns ended the game.

The Suns took a two-goal lead after half-time but opened the third half with a 12-2 lead to lead 65-57.

A short while later, Booker and Bridges made 3 points to push the advantage to 71-61 with 5:49 to go through in the half.

Los Angeles moved within 78-77 on Westbrook’s basket with 1:29 remaining, but Phoenix led 86-79 in the final stanza.

Ayton’s shot made the Suns 98-84 with the game still 7:52. The Lakers responded with a 10-2 push and moved within 100-94 after Walker’s two free throws had 5:20 left.

Davis had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half as the Lakers led 55-53. Bridges scored 16 goals in the half for Phoenix.

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