Lakers roll past Suns in fourth quarter, 112-93
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, left, drives past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-93 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
The Lakers pulled away in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter, using a 15-3 run after leading 97-90.
The Lakers held the Suns to just 14 points in the final period.
TJ Warren scored a team-high 24 points, while Josh Jackson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.
The Lakers overcame a sluggish start to the second quarter and a 16-6 run by the Suns. Los Angeles made only two of its first 10 shots, and Phoenix took a 50-43 lead on a jump shot by Warren to cap a 22-8 run over nearly seven minutes.
Los Angeles answered with a 10-2 run that included Brook Lopez making a three-pointer after blocking Jackson's dunk attempt and Ingram making a triple to give Los Angeles a 53-52 lead with 2:29 left in the half. The game was tied at 57 at halftime.
Ingram's ferocious slam gave Los Angeles an 84-77 lead with 1:59 remaining in the third. His two free throws gave the Lakers a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and Kyle Kuzma's slam dunk sent the crowd into a frenzy and the Lakers into a 95-85 lead with 9:08 remaining in the game.
Suns: Lost their third straight game, and their 12th of their last 13. ... Made only 56.5 percent of their free throws. ... Marquese Chriss added 10 points and six rebounds.
Lakers: Lonzo Ball missed his 11th straight game with a sore left knee. ... Outscored Phoenix 25-11 in fast-break points. ... Won their seventh straight home game. ... Improved to 7-4 without Ball in the lineup.
Suns: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).