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The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

Since both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from playoff contention, they have little to nothing left to play for.  This will be the 6th time in the last eight seasons that the Pelicans will miss the postseason, partly due to the distraction caused by rumors that Anthony Davis was going to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles halfway through the season.

As for the Arizona ball club, this will mark the ninth straight season that the Suns will miss the playoffs.  The last time they made a postseason appearance was back in 2010 when Amar’e Stoudemire was leading the team in points per game.  They ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, 2-4.  As they host the Pelicans tonight, they will hope to avoid a second straight loss.

The Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as both teams have a tied matchup record at 29 wins apiece.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on March 16 when the Suns pulled away with a 138-136 win.  Devin Booker finished that game with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, and one block while Julius Randle had 21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Trevon Bluiett (thumb)
-Anthony Davis (back; 25.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 51.7 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 79.4 FT%)
-Jrue Holiday (abdominal; 21.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 7.7 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%, 76.8 FT%)
-Frank Jackson (concussion; 8.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.4 3P%, 74.0 FT%)
-Darius Miller (thigh; 8.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 39.0 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 78.9 FT%)
-E’Twaun Moore (quad; 11.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 48.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 76.3 FT%)
-Stanley Johnson (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.9 FG%, 28.8 3P%, 78.1 FT%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 16.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 74.6 FT%)
-Devin Booker (ankle; 26.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.8 FT%, 46.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 86.6 FT%)
-Richaun Holmes (ankle; 8.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 60.8 FG%, 73.1 FT%)
-Tyler Johnson (knee; 10.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 41.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 74.8 FT%)
-Kelly Oubre (thumb; 15.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.5 FG%, 32.0 3P%, 77.5 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 48.6 FG%, 42.8 3P%, 81.5 FT%)
-Jimmer Fredette (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 32.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-George King (0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot sixty-seven percent from the field, holding the home team at fifty-four percent shooting.  Former Utah Jazz’ guard Ian Clark got hot for 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had two rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Kenrich Williams saw to it that he got nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also drilled a three-pointer to end the first quarter.  Solomon Hill played 12 minutes off the bench but only had three points.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Ray Spalding earned 12 points as he shot eighty-five percent from the field.  Troy Daniels also had 12 points off the bench, collecting them all from beyond the arc.  California-native Josh Jackson chalked up 10 points, which included two three-pointers.  Jamal Crawford played the most minutes off the Phoenix bench as he lit the floor up with 16 points, hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had one rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals but it was the Louisiana ball club that went into halftime with a 76-65 lead.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with more of a purpose as they went on a 52 to 41 run, completing forty-three percent of their shots, limiting the Pelicans to thirty-four percent.  During that run, Jackson added to his scoring total as he put up 17 more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  He also earned 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Crawford scored 10 more points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Julius Randle earned 17 more points on fifty percent shooting.  Cheick Diallo played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the Arizona team that would complete the comeback, forcing overtime where they would eventually pull out a 133 to 126 victory behind Josh Jackson’s eight overtime points.  Josh Jackson finished the contest with a season-high 35 points, along with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals while Julius Randle settled for 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will head over West to battle Buddy Hield (21.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (39-40) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The last time they battled each other was on March 28 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 121-118 win.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 34 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Buddy Hield recorded 27 points, 2 rebounds, and one assist.

The Phoenix Suns will take on James Harden (36.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.1 FG%, 36.5 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (51-28) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third and final time that the Suns and Rockets will battle each other during this season.  March 15 was the last time they saw each other as the Suns fell to the Texas team, 102-108.  James Harden finished that contest with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 6 steals, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker settled for 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

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The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Phoenix Suns currently hold the worst record in the league at 4-20 and things haven’t gotten any easier as they are now without their up-and-coming Devin Booker.  They are on their way to tying their longest losing streak of the season at seven games if they don’t win tonight.  Believe it or not, they have not had a winning streak yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, which would mark their longest losing streak this season.  The Trail Blazers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 254 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Oregon team was kept to 119 victories.  Tonight will be the first of three times that two ball clubs will go against each other this season.  The Suns got swept last season against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season series, 0-4.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (hamstring; 23.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 43.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 84.2 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 FG%, 20.6 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (ankle; 21.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would set the tone early in this game as they outscored the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter, 34 to 9.  This would not be the first time the Suns were held to just nine points in the first quarter as the Sacramento Kings had the same effect on them during the December 4th matchup.  The Suns would lose that game by seventeen points.  In this game, though, Troy Daniels scored ten points off the bench as he had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Josh Jackson helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Overall, the Suns would complete thirty-eight percent of their shots in the first half while the Portland Trail Blazers completed fifty-five percent.

Damian Lillard got hot with twenty-one points for the home team while knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic chipped in seven points on only thirty-eight percent shooting.  Seth Curry was kept completely scoreless while Al-Farouq Aminu had five points.  Jake Layman played the most minutes off the bench as he had seventeen points while the Trail Blazers went into halftime with a commanding 62 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with a sense of urgency as they scored forty-seven points in the second half, twenty-seven in the fourth quarter.  Rookie Elie Okobo dropped nine points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  De’Anthony Melton scored seven points off the bench while both Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes had six points each.

The Trail Blazers would make sure to keep fighting as Zach Collins scored ten points in the eighteen minutes he played off the bench.  Evan Turner had six points off the bench while Lillard was limited to four points but his play wasn’t really needed for the rest of the game as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Phoenix Suns a 108-86 loss, tying their longest losing streak this season at seven games.  Damian Lillard finished the contest with twenty-five points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block while Troy Daniels had a season-high fifteen points, along with three rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Josh Richardson (19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 39.9 3P%) and the Miami Heat (9-14) tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.  Last season, the Miami Heat swept the Suns in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 41.2 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves saw each other was on November 16 when the Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers, 112-96.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block while C.J. McCollum had eighteen points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal.

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.

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns are currently on a four-game losing streak, the longest losing streak in the Western Conference.  They will look to break that streak as they travel to the FedExForum to take the Memphis Grizzlies, who are hoping to avoid a third straight loss.  This battle will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Grizzlies have met up a total of 87 times in the past as the Suns won 56 games while the Grizzlies won only 31 games.

The last time that the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies clashed with each other was on December 26 when the Suns snuck away with a 99 to 97 win.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 32 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists and committed one steal.  As for the Grizzlies, Tyreke Evans finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 61.7 FG%)
Alec Peters (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Marquese Chriss (ankle; 7.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 40.4 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Devin Booker (rib; 24.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League, 4.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
James Ennis (calf; 7.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
JaMychal Green (ankle; 10.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.2 FG%, 36.2 3P%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Ben McLemore (knee; 6.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 42.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Brandan Wright (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies will have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot sixty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-seven percent.  Tyreke Evans scored 14 points off of the bench as he drilled two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former Pelicans’ guard Wayne Selden would contribute with eleven points while dishing off four assists.  Marc Gasol had only seven points but he did manage to get ahold of seven defensive rebounds while blocking three shots.  Mario Chalmers played 12 minutes off of the bench but only had five points.

As for the Suns, T.J. Warren got hot for 15 points while grabbing two offensive rebounds.  The 2010-2011 All-Rookie player Greg Monroe chalked up nine points as he recorded four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Isaiah Canaan was held to only two points while Dragan Bender went 12 minutes without scoring once.  Jared Dudley played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept was just five points while the home team went into halftime with a huge 64 to 47 lead.

The Suns would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 62-56 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent.  Alex Len posted up 12 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also had six rebounds while Josh Jackson had 12 points, as well.  Even though he shot only thirty-eight percent from the field, Jackson would also pull down four rebounds.  The Grizzlies would close things out, though, as Evans scored 13 points in the second half, giving the Grizzlies a 120-109 victory.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal while T.J. Warren had 24 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-34) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Suns and the Mavericks have clashed a grand total of 164 times as the Suns pulled out 87 wins while the Mavericks ended up winning 77 times.  The last time they played each other was on December 18 when the Suns pulled away with a 97 to 91 win.  T.J. Warren finished that game with 19 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Harrison Barnes had 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Indianapolis to battle Victor Oladipo (24.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Indiana Pacers (27-23) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that the Grizzlies and the Pacers will play each this season.  They have met up a total of 43 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 17 games while the Pacers pulled out 26 victories.  November 15 was the last time they played each other as the Pacers snuck away with a 116 to 113 win.  Darren Collison finished that game with 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists while Marc Gasol had 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers hoped to bounce back from a harsh loss in the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two rivals as each team tries to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  Ball would hope to make up for his first game as he and the Lakers take on Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

During the first quarter of this matchup, the Lakers would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Suns ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field.  North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram would heat up for ten points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so as Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score nine points.  Clarkson would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drills two three-pointers in the process.  Lonzo Ball would record six points, earning three of them from behind the arc while collecting four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.

As for the Suns, Bledsoe recorded eight points which would include two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Devin Booker would contribute with eight points, as well, along with three defensive rebounds and two assists.  Josh Jackson knocked down two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself seven points.  Tyson Chandler would be limited to only three points but he would gobble up three defensive rebounds as the first quarter ended with a 40-36 lead in the Lakers’ favor.

The Phoenix team would respond as they go on a 37-30 run in the second quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  T.J. Warren would light the floor up with seventeen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He would collect two defensive rebounds and give out two assists while doing so.  Booker added to his scoring total as he put up nine more points, hitting two three-pointers while doing it.  He would also earn two defensive rebounds and five assists while Dragan Bender came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and grab three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Kyle Kuzma would come off of the Los Angeles bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent.  Ingram would contribute with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would be limited to only a three-pointer in the seven minutes that he played.  He would do work in other areas as he recorded one defensive rebound and two assists but it was the Suns who entered halftime with a 73-70 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers would shoot fifty-two percent from the field as the Phoenix Suns would be limited to forty-seven percent.  Ball would start to heat up as he goes off for twelve points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Ingram would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he throws up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Larry Nance would score six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Brook Lopez would only score four points but he would pull down five defensive rebounds.

Rookie point guard Mike James came off of the bench to score nine points, four coming from the free-throw line.  T.J. Warren would play for the entire quarter but would be held to five points.  Josh Jackson would only score two points in the seven-minute that he played.  Devin Booker ended up with two points in the quarter but would pull down four defensive rebounds as the Lakers walk into the fourth period with a 106-99 advantage.

In the last period, the California team would shoot forty-six percent from the field while the Arizona team would shoot forty-four percent from the field.  Eric Bledsoe would heat up as he drops sixteen points, shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  Booker would contribute as he puts up six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Warren would score two points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

As for the Lakers, Brook Lopez shot sixty percent from the field while chalking up eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Lonzo Ball would add eight more points to his scoring total while pulling down three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.  Kyle Kuzma would come off of the bench to record two points and three defensive rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers creep away with a 132 to 130 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Lonzo Ball finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds, and nine assists as Eric Bledsoe would finish with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

Last night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  But this game is special to the Laker Nation as this would be Lonzo Ball’s season debut.  Ball was the second pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and so much is expected of him due to his father, LaVar Ball.  He would look to start off strong as they hosted the Clippers in the Staples Center.

During the first quarter of the game, the Clippers ended up shooting thirty-three percent from the field as a team while the Lakers shot twenty-seven percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would start off strong as he heats up for thirteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, scoring four points but he would manage to grab two rebounds as DeAndre Jordan would grab nine rebounds.

As for the Lakers, Larry Nance would drop six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez would chalk up five points, three coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Lonzo Ball would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did pull down five defensive rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 19 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second period, limiting the Los Angeles Clippers to thirty-eight percent.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to score seven points while shooting sixty percent.  He would also hit a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Brandon Ingram would score three points but he would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Lonzo Ball would knock down a three-pointer while going up for four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would start to feel it as he chalks up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Jordan would continue to do work on the boards as he pulls down three offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  Griffin scored five additional points while grabbing three defensive rebounds as they close the first half with a 53-42 advantage.

During the third period, the Clippers sparked a large 34 to 21 run as they forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Lakers to forty-one percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would continue to impress as he drops nine points, three coming from beyond the arc.  He would also collect four rebounds as Gallinari managed to connect for two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  DeAndre Jordan would gather up six more rebounds as Beverley would connect for a three.

As for the Lakers, Lopez would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earned himself eight points.  Clarkson ended up scoring four points as he also shot fifty percent from the field.  Nance also put up four points but he would grab one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in this quarter but he would manage to give out three assists as the Clippers ended the third quarter with an 87-63 lead.

The Lakers would make a 29 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to only thirty-six percent.  Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with five points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.  He also managed to grab four rebounds as Brandon Ingram would be limited to four points.

Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed would come off the Clippers’ bench to score six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell would earn four points off the bench as he also shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Sindarius Thornwell would knock down a three-pointer as Griffin and Jordan would be limited to two points each but it was still the Los Angeles Clippers escaping with a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Blake Griffin finished the game with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds, and three assists while Brook Lopez would finish with twenty points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Lonzo Ball would only score three points in his season debut as a Laker.