Laker’s have a great win in Phoenix at the opening tournament

Lakers have established themselves with an extraordinary win against the Suns in Phoenix.

 

LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, D’Angelo Russell added 19 points and nine assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the host Phoenix Suns 122-119 in the NBA in-season tournament opener for both teams on Friday.

Lebron James standing next to Kevin Durant in the recent Lakers Vs Sun Basketball tournament

After missing Wednesday’s game against Houston due to a hip injury, Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Reddish scored 17 points in his first start of the season, and Austin Reaves added 15 after moving to the bench for the first time this season.

For the first time in six tries, Los Angeles a  great win on the road.

Lebron James running on the basketball court during the tournament Lakers vs Suns

Kevin Durant scored 38 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his second game of the season, and Bradley Beal added 24 points as Phoenix’s two-game winning streak came to an end. For the seventh time in the last eight games, the Suns were without Devin Booker (calf).

For the Suns, Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Keita Bates-Diop had 11 and Eric Gordon had 13.

The Lakers gained a bit of space after the possession that included three missed shots and three offensive rebounds before Reddish hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining to put the Lakers up 118-113.

Lebron James going in for a layup during the tournament
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Thousand Palms, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Los Angeles, first-quarter was quite troublesome and faced a bit of struggle , as they were outscored 34-25. Through nine games, Los Angeles has a minus-93 point differential in the first quarter.

The Suns led the Lakers 32-18 in the first two quarters and led 63-55 at halftime.

The Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies in their first home game of the in-season tournament on Tuesday. The Suns play the Utah Jazz in their next in-season tournament game on Friday.

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