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.
-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)
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.
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.