Suns guard Devin Booker reacts to Thursday night’s loss to the Lakers.
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Late Thursday night, before Earl Watson began his postgame news conference, someone told him to smile.
“You know what?” The Suns coach said. “It’s hard to smile when you get your butt kicked. I take that personally.”
The Suns played some of their best basketball during this five-game home stand. They beat Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Boston, and played the Washington Wizards tight most of the way.
Thursday night, they took a step back.
Blown out of Talking Stick Resort Arena just three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Lakers showed some pride with a 122-110 win in a battle of bottom Western Conference teams. The effort snapped an eight-game losing streak.
BOX SCORE: Lakers 122, Suns 110
On Feb. 15, the night before the All-Star break, the Suns thumped the Lakers 137-101, setting a season-high for scoring. After the game, Lakers coach Luke Walton questioned the Lakers’ effort, suggesting their minds were on vacation. This contest was much different.
Guard D’Angelo Russell led a balanced Lakers attack with 28 points, hitting 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points, while Julius Randle contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Los Angeles (20-45) shot 48 percent and hit 12 of 27 from 3-point range. They had 24 second-chance points.
The Suns led 63-61 at halftime but fell apart in the third quarter. Los Angeles scored eight in a row to take a 69-65 lead. Rookie Brandon Ingram dunked over Alex Len for a 74-67 lead. Six minutes later, Randle missed inside, grabbed the rebound, missed again and grabbed the rebound. Given a third chance, the former Kentucky star converted for an 87-77 lead.
The Suns shot of 8 of 21 in the third. They were outscored 29-18 and trailed 90-81 entering the fourth. With five minutes left in the contest, Randle buried a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 116-95 lead, their largest of the night. The Suns fought back. Rookie Marquese Chriss buried two 3s and Devin Booker hit a runner in the lane to trigger a 13-1 push and pull Phoenix to within 117-108.
Booker scored off a back-cut to make it 117-110 with under a minute to go, but Russell responded with his sixth 3-pointer, putting the game out of reach.
Booker led the Suns (21-44) with 23 points. Forward Alan Williams added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while forward T.J. Warren produced 17 and 13, his second consecutive double-double. Phoenix shot 46.2 percent but hit just 6 of 19 from 3-point range.
The Suns finished the home stand 3-2. They visit Dallas on Saturday before returning to downtown Phoenix for three more contests.
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