PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton had 26 factors, Devin Booker added 25 and the Phoenix Suns withstood a late cost by LeBron James to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109 Saturday evening.
Phoenix misplaced the primary three video games towards Los Angeles by double digits, however had the Lakers a bit discombobulated via three quarters within the season sequence finale.
Phoenix led 108-94 with 6:06 left, however James introduced the Lakers again.
He scored on a three-point play, hit a Three-pointer and kicked out to Brandon Ingram for a nook Three on the break to drag the Lakers inside 5.
James adopted with a dunk off a baseline drive to get the Lakers inside 112-109, however the Suns made six free throws within the ultimate 52 seconds to win for the second time in three video games following a 17-game shedding streak.
James completed with 27 factors, 16 assists and 9 rebounds. Phoenix, which entered the sport an NBA-worst 12-51, is the worst crew James has misplaced to whereas taking part in in his NBA profession (minimal 25 video games right into a season), per ESPN Stats & Info.
Ingram added 25 factors for Los Angeles, which dropped four.5 video games out of the eighth and ultimate playoff spot within the West with 19 video games left within the common season.
Each groups have been within the second sport of a back-to-back. The Lakers misplaced 131-120 to Milwaukee after the Bucks closed the sport on a 15-2 run.
The Suns adopted their first win in six weeks with a 130-116 loss to New Orleans, permitting the Pelicans to hit 16 Three-pointers and shoot 67 p.c within the second half.
The Lakers gained the primary three video games with the Suns by double digits and led from begin to end in a 116-102 win the final assembly, regardless of taking part in with out James, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.
The Suns obtained off to a a lot better begin within the season finale towards the Lakers, main by as much as 10 and making 13 of 19 pictures within the first quarter.
Phoenix stretched the result in 14 early within the second quarter, however Los Angeles made a late push to drag inside 66-59 by halftime.
The Suns continued to frustrate James and the Lakers within the third quarter, stretching the result in 95-78 behind Booker’s 12 factors.
Lakers: Ball missed his 16th straight sport with a bone bruise and sprained left ankle suffered in a collision with Houston’s James Harden on Jan. 19. … James handed Kobe Bryant (11,719) for fifth on the NBA’s all-time area targets listing. He made 10 towards the Suns, giving him 11,726. … G Lance Stephenson missed his second straight sport with a left foot sprain. … G Rajon Rondo had 4 assists and handed Deron Williams (6,819) for 20th on the NBA’s all-time assists listing.
Suns: Phoenix had a tough evening from the Three-point arc, going 6 for 26, however made 66 p.c of their two-point pictures. … The Suns are 1-9 on the second sport of a back-to-back. … Phoenix made 34 of 40 free throws.
The Lakers: Host the Clippers on Monday.
The Suns: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Info from The Related Press was used on this report.