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The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

Saturday, January 18, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming fresh off of a 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.  Tonight, they will look to grab a second straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center.  This will be the last game the 76ers play at home before going on a three-game road trip.

The Chicago Bulls are looking to grab a second consecutive victory, as well.  They have just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a grand total of 244 times in the past as the 76ers won 128 games while the Bulls were limited to just 116 victories.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Daniel Gafford (finger; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 67.7 FG%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.2 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Joel Embiid (finger; 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Jonah Bolden (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 47.9 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 60.0 FG%)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Bulls shot forty-five percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-two percent.  Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, two steals, and one block while Zach LaVine helped out with 11 points.

Former New York Knicks’ forward Luke Kornet chalked up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  Tomas Satoransky only had two points while Kris Dunn was kept scoreless.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Ben Simmons chalked up 12 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points.  Matisse Thybulle had four points and two blocks while Josh Richardson was limited to two points.  Furkan Korkmaz played nine minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Bulls went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers would take control of things in the second half as they went on a 54 to 42 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Horford added 11 more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Simmons helped out with eight points as he grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and committed one steal.  Korkmaz played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.

On the other end of the court, LaVine put up 12 more points but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers came away with a 100-89 win.  Furkan Korkmaz finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with 4 rebounds and one block while Zach LaVine had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Collin Sexton (18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.4 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers, 117-111.  During that game, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and blocked 5 shots while Zach LaVine had 16 points, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to New York to battle Julius Randle (19.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (11-31) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they fight each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Knicks a 101-95 loss.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the last game of a tough four-game road trip for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets lost all but one game on this road trip with their only victory coming against the New York Knicks on December 5. They are coming fresh off a 105-102 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a third consecutive win tonight, coming off of a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final matchup against these two teams this season. The last time they battled each other was on November 8 when the Nuggets crept away with a 100-97 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Joel Embiid had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Nuggets won 39 games while the 76ers came away with 50 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Vlatko Cancar (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (G-League)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Zhaire Smith (leg)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.3 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.5 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
-Jonah Bolden (1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:
The game would be competitive in the first half as the 76ers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty percent. Joel Embiid scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block. Tobias Harris helped out with ten points which included a three-pointer early in the second period.

The 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons chalked up seven points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Both Al Horford and Josh Richardson were held scoreless but Horford was able to record four rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but scored only six points.

On the other end of the court, Will Barton put up 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and 2 blocks while Gary Harris earned himself eight points. Paul Millsap and Jokic Nikola combined for ten points while Jamal Murray was held scoreless. Monte Morris played 14 minutes off the bench but only had five points while 76ers went into halftime with a slim 55-50 lead.

The contest would remain competitive in the second half as both teams scored 42 points each. Both Barton and Jokic had eleven points each while Barton collected four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Jokic recorded three rebounds and five assists while both of them had a three-pointer each.

Gary Harris helped out with six points and three assists while Paul Millsap had four points. Michigan-native Monte Morris played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points, which he earned in the third quarter.

As for the Pennsylvania ball club, Horford and Harris combined for 21 points while they had a three-pointer each. Horford was able to grab five rebounds and record an assist and steal while Harris had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. Simmons was kept scoreless but it wouldn’t matter as the 76ers crept away with a 97-92 victory. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying six assists, 2 steals, and a block. Will Barton settled for a season-high 36 points, along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a season-high-tying two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Damian Lillard (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Trail Blazers fell to the Nuggets, 108-100. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists while Damian Lillard had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head up north to battle Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-5) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these see each other this season. October 23 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Celtics a 107-93 loss. During that game, Ben Simmons scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out nine assists while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

With the new acquisition of Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade, the Heat will look to get back into playoff form this season.  Even though the Heat are now without Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season, their hopes to become a championship are still high.  The South Beach team is also without Hassan Whiteside, who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies stayed quiet during the offseason.  Their only trade was Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in return for Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and draft rights to Darius Bazley.  With the team in the process of rebuilding, they will hope to grab a win at the American Airlines Arena tonight.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Andre Iguodala (not with the team)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson (not with the team)
-John Konchar (G-League)

Miami Heat:

-Jimmy Butler (not with the team)
-Dion Waiters (team suspension)
-James Johnson (conditioning)
-Udonis Haslem (wrist)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Jaren Jackson scored 11 points in the first half while collecting two rebounds.  Rookie guard Ja Morant helped out with ten points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Jae Crowder had eight points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  Serbia-native Marko Guduric played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the South Beach ball club, Justise Winslow chalked up 12 points while shooting forty percent from the field.  He also racked up four assists, one steal, and one block while Bam Adebayo recorded nine points and nine rebounds.  Rookie Kendrick Nunn helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Goran Dragic played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 60 to 54 lead.

The Heat would turn it up in the second half as they went on a huge 66-41 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Nunn added to his impressive scoring with 16 more points which held a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  Winslow saw to it that he had 15 more points, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Chris Silva played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Jackson chalked up six more points while shooting a very low thirty-three percent.  Jonas Valanciunas was held to two points while Morant had four more points.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just six points as the Heat came back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101.  Justise Winslow finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 17 points, 3 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Lauri Markkanen (35.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

This offseason was one for the books.  With all the trades and team moves that took place this year, none are more exciting than the new additions to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.  This offseason, the Clippers signed defending champion and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and traded a record number of draft picks for Paul George.  This move put the Clippers as favorites to win it all as they have two great defenders and scorers at the head with a bunch of other great defensive players behind them.

As for their rival, the Lakers, they hired Frank Vogel as head coach for the team with Jason Kidd as his assistant.  On the court, the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to pair with three-time champion LeBron James.  In return, the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks.  They also added Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins, Jared Dudley, and Danny Green.

As the season starts, the Lakers and the Clippers will battle tonight for the upper hand in this season matchup.  This game will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  Last year, they split the season series at two apiece.  Overall, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers met a total of 220 times with the Lakers winning 148 games and the Clippers grabbing 72.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Kostas Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision)
-Alex Caruso (coach’s decision)
-Zach Norvell (coach’s decision)
-Kyle Kuzma (ankle)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (foot)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Mfiondu Kabengele (coach’s decision)
-Terance Mann (coach’s decision)
-Johnathan Motley (coach’s decision)
-Jerome Robinson (coach’s decision)
-Amir Coffey (ankle)
-Derrick Walton
-Paul George (rehab)
-Rodney McGruder (ankle)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would have the upper hand in the majority of the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Los Angeles Lakers at forty-six percent.  Kawhi Leonard got hot for 20 points as he hit eight of his eleven shots attempted.  He had a three-pointer early in the second quarter as he collected three rebounds and gave out three assists.

Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Landry Shamet helped out with five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Patrick Beverley was held to just two points but was able to record seven rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams contributed with 13 points off of the bench.

On the other end of the court, Anthony Davis chalked up eighteen points on forty-five percent shooting.  He also grabbed four rebounds, threw out two assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  LeBron James helped out with 14 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Washington-native Avery Bradley had five points, missing only one of his three shots attempted.  Two-time NBA champion Danny Green had a three-pointer at the beginning of the game while JaVale McGee had just two points.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless as he played the most minutes off the bench while the Clippers went into halftime with a 62 to 54 advantage.

The Clippers would still impress in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Lakers shot forty-one percent.  Leonard added 10 more points to his scoring total but only shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Leonard also recorded three more rebounds, two more assists, and two steals while Williams helped out with eight points.  Montrezl Harrell played eighteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points.

As for the Lakers, Danny Green got extremely hot for twenty-five points as he missed only one shot out of the ten taken.  He also had six three-pointers and four rebounds.  Anthony Davis and LeBron James disappeared in the second half as they went for a combined eleven points.  Caldwell-Pope was still held scoreless off of the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Davis’ Laker debut, 112-102.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danny Green had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will battle Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. at the new Chase Center.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center on Friday at 10:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 120-96

The Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 120-96

The Phoenix Suns are dead last in the Western Conference, tying the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the league at 4-18.  They will look to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.  The Lakers, on the other hand, are looking pretty decent after a 0-3 start to the season, holding onto a 13-9 record.  Their current win-loss percentage is 59.1%, marking the first time they had a fifty-percent win-loss percentage since the 2012-2013 season.

The Suns and the Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 308 in the past as the Suns won 130 times while the Lakers went on to pull out 178 victories.  This game between the Suns and the Lakers will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 24 when the Suns fell to the Lakers, 131-113.  Lance Stephenson finished that game with twenty-three points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals while Devin Booker also had twenty-three points, along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Rajon Rondo (hand; 8.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 45.5 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Alex Caruso (G-League)
-Isaac Bonga (G-League)
-Johnathan Williams (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 57.9 FG%, 20.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have control most of the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Phoenix Suns to thirty-eight percent.  Kyle Kuzma lit the floor up with eighteen points while hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Brandon Ingram helped out with thirteen points while recording three rebounds and two assists.  He also had a three-pointer, which he drilled early in the second period.  Three-time NBA Champion LeBron James was kept to just twelve points but did have three rebounds, four assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball was limited to just two points.  Josh Hart played ten minutes off the block but was held completely scoreless as he only attempted three shots.

As for the struggling Suns, former Orlando Magic forward Trevor Ariza scored eleven points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had three treys in the first quarter while earning four defensive rebounds, one assist, and four steals.  Josh Jackson chipped in eight points while Deandre Ayton put up six points.  Devin Booker had six points, as well, but went down with a hamstring injury in the second quarter and would not return.  Elie Okobo played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 61 to 46 advantage.

The California team would close things out in the second half as LeBron James scored ten more points while hitting a three-pointer late in the third quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while rookie Moritz Wagner contributed with ten points of his own.  On the other end of the court, both Troy Daniels and Richaun Holmes scored nine points off the bench each but it wouldn’t mean much as the Los Angeles Lakers go on to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 120-96.  Kyle Kuzma finished the game with twenty-three points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Richaun Holmes settled for a season-high fifteen points, along with one rebound, a career-high four steals, and a season-high four blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 47.3 FG%, 41.1 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (11-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two teams will clash with one another this season.  Last season, the Suns won the regular season series against the team, 3-1.

The Los Angeles Lakers will stay at home as they host Demar DeRozan (23.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 48.2 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (10-12) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 27 when the Spurs handed the Lakers a 110-106 loss.  During that game, DeRozan scored thirty points, grabbed twelve boards, gave out eight assists, committed two steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, eleven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.