Brandon Knight Shines as Suns Beat Lakers 120-101
The Suns played a strong game against the Lakers. It was close for most of the game, but about halfway through the fourth quarter the Suns ran away with the game.
The Lakers were without Kobe Bryant, but they had a pretty strong team effort for most of the night. Jordan Clarkson was the high man for Los Angeles with 20 points. Overall the Lakers were outplayed. They only grabbed 37 rebounds as compared to the Suns’ 50. The Lakers also had 16 turnovers. The Suns finished with 10. The field goal percentage was pretty even for both teams. The Suns shot 48.4% from the field while the Lakers shot a slightly lower 48.1%.
The Suns were still without Ronnie Price and Markieff Morris because of injuries. Archie Goodwin replaced Price and made the most of his minutes finishing with 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists. I think that even after Price is healthy, Goodwin should continue to get more minutes. He played 24 minutes tonight and showed his worth.
Which Suns Shone the Brightest?
1. Brandon Knight – Knight had his first career triple-double tonight. It was an extremely strong showing. He had 30 points, 10 rebound, and a career high 15 assists. He also added four steals. Knight was making excellent passes all night and it looked like he couldn’t miss. He is historically good against the Lakers, so it’s fitting that he had this big game against them tonight.
2. Eric Bledsoe – Knight and Bledsoe continue to show up in this section. He finished with 21 points, one rebound, and three assists. He’s becoming a leader on the floor. His strong play as of late really opened up things for other players like Knight. Bledsoe was drawing double teams early on. Now teams have a lot of decisions to make about how to defend these two red-hot guards.
3. Mirza Teletovic – It would be easy to pick the next highest scorer, T.J. Warren, for this third spot, but I’m picking Teletovic because it looks like he’s finally starting to find his rhythm. Tonight he had 11 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block. He made four threes tonight. This is exactly what Teletovic was brought to Phoenix to do. He played tough tonight, which was refreshing to see. Hopefully this successful rhythm continues.
The Suns will continue the season at home against the Bulls on Wednesday, November 18. The game will start at 8:30 pm MST.