Suns Hold Off Lakers, 95-90
Following a dismal performance against the Utah Jazz, the Phoenix Suns rebounded and picked up a gritty win against the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-90. Phoenix led by as many as 19 before Lou Williams and the Lakers turned things around in the fourth quarter to make things interesting. Thank goodness for the recent return of Brandon Knight, who was the main factor in the Suns keeping their lead until the final buzzer sounded.
The Suns were led by Knight’s 22 points on the night, where he connected on just 35% of his shots from the field. Tonight was a reminder that Knight isn’t bashful about getting his shots up, going 7-22 on the night. Devin Booker put up 22 points, five rebounds, and seven assists for the game to help power the Suns’ offense. Tyson Chandler notched a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing every rebound in his vicinity, totaling 17 on the night. Chandler’s production was important tonight as Alex Len struggled, shooting 1-9 from the field, only racking up 2 points and seven rebounds.
Williams led the way for the Lakers scoring 30 points, which is the second time he has put up 30 or more against the Suns this season. The only other Laker to manage double digits was Brandon Bass, pitching in 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. The Lakers’ starters struggled tonight, with no one scoring more than the nine points D’Angelo Russell scored.
Many fans were hopeful to watch Kobe Bryant take on the Suns tonight, but Bryant sat this one out. Hopefully this means that Bryant will suit up against the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday night so the Suns-faithful can say farewell to one of the greats of this generation. There have been many memorable matchups between Kobe’s Lakers and the Suns and it will be sure to be a special night.
The Suns head home to play the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night for the third time in as many weeks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 MST.
The rookie match-up of Booker vs Russell fell into Booker’s hands tonight. He looked like the better all-around player tonight, beating him in every stat category. Coming into the game, the two rookies were two of the three top-scoring rookies in the month of March. (Booker – 21.8 ppg, Russell – 20 ppg)
Archie Goodwin has seen his minutes dwindle as of late, and picked up the DNP – Coach’s Decision. Ronnie Price and John Jenkins took up all of tonight’s minutes in the back court of the bench tonight, and they both put up solid numbers tonight. Jenkins didn’t get much playing time tonight, but made the most of it, scoring nine points in just five minutes.
P.J. Tucker is known as a defensive specialist/workhorse for the Suns but has been playing great with the ball in his hands lately. Tucker has been taking better care of the ball as of late and has been getting to the rim for easy buckets. The highlight of the game also came from Tucker tonight, with a HUGE one-handed dunk right in Williams’ face.