Lakers Fall Back to .500 After 108-90 Loss to Suns

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 Devin Booker continued to region himself from a hamstring wounded that outgo him 7 games, scoring 24 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assists arsenic the Phoenix Suns earned a 108-90 triumph Tuesday nighttime implicit the Los Angeles Lakers.

Booker played 32 minutes and went 8 of 16 from the tract 1 crippled aft helium was connected the tribunal for 26 minutes successful his instrumentality Sunday during a blowout triumph implicit the Charlotte Hornets.

Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Mikal Bridges scored 14 arsenic the Suns won their 4th consecutive crippled and improved to 2-2 connected the roadworthy since the extremity of their 18-game winning streak Dec. 3.

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who mislaid their 3rd consecutive crippled arsenic manager Frank Vogel remained successful wellness and information protocols for the 2nd straight. Four Lakers players besides are successful protocols, including starting defender Avery Bradley.

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Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without prima Anthony Davis for the 2nd consecutive game. Davis is expected to miss astatine slightest 4 weeks with an MCL sprain successful his near knee.

James injured his near ankle with 6:05 remaining successful the 3rd 4th erstwhile helium came down connected the close ft of the Suns’ Jae Crowder. He remained successful the crippled but looked hobbled the remainder of the way.

After a dilatory commencement and a 54-52 pb astatine halftime, the Suns led by arsenic galore arsenic 13 successful the 3rd 4th connected 2 occasions and carried an 85-73 pb into the fourth.

Chris Paul had 11 points and 9 assists for the Suns, who look the Oklahoma City Thunder astatine location Thursday earlier their Christmas Day showdown successful Phoenix against the Golden State Warriors. JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Veteran defender Isaiah Thomas scored 3 points connected 1-of-11 shooting successful his 3rd crippled since signing with the Lakers connected Friday. Talen Horton-Tucker had 3 points connected 1-of-13 shooting for Los Angeles successful his archetypal crippled backmost from wellness and information protocols.

In conscionable his 2nd crippled of the season, Trevor Ariza had 12 points for the Lakers.

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Suns: After the Suns opened 0 of 9 from 3-point range, Booker made their archetypal handbasket from agelong region with 1:42 remaining successful the archetypal quarter. Phoenix missed 19 of its archetypal 22 attempts from down the arc earlier halftime. … Bridges opened 0 of 8 from the tract but inactive reached treble digits successful points with 4:38 remaining successful the archetypal half.

Lakers: In summation to Horton-Tucker, C Dwight Howard besides was activated from wellness and information protocols. Kent Bazemore, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves remained successful protocols, on with Bradley. … Vogel flew backmost Tuesday from Chicago wherever helium was successful quarantine aft the Lakers played the Bulls connected Sunday. … G Chaundee Brown was waived aft playing successful the erstwhile 2 games and G Mason Jones was signed to a two-way deal.

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Suns: Home vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder connected Thursday.

Lakers: Home vs. the San Antonio Spurs connected Thursday.

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