Lakers pull away with late 3-pointers to beat Suns 123-115

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2019 12:44 PM
Lakers pull away with late 3-pointers to beat Suns 123-115
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives on Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By David Brandt, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

The Lakers (8-2) are off to their best 10-game start since 2010 and bounced back from a home loss to Toronto on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). LeBron James added 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Phoenix (6-4) trailed for a big chunk of the fourth quarter but pushed ahead 113-111 on Devin Booker's fastbreak layup with 3:29 left. The Lakers responded with three straight 3-pointers — one from James and two more from Kuzma — to lead 120-113 and put the game out of reach.

Los Angeles dominated in the paint with 70 points. Dwight Howard came off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes.

The Suns were led by Ricky Rubio and Booker, who both scored 21 points. Aron Baynes added 20 and Dario Saric had 18.

Davis scored 14 points as the Lakers took a 60-58 halftime lead. James added nine points and eight assists.

EFFICIENT BOOKER

Booker came into the game shooting 54.5% from the field, 53.2% on 3-pointers and 92.3% on free throws. He's still on his 50/50/90 pace after shooting 9 of 18 from the field against the Lakers. He also had nine assists on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).

TIP-INS

Lakers: Coach Frank Vogel said before the game that Rajon Rondo (right calf strain) and Troy Daniels (sore left knee) were on 15-minute restrictions. Rondo had five points, six rebounds and seven assists in 14 minutes in his season debut. Daniels didn't play.

Suns: Rookie guard Ty Jerome missed his 10th straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Baynes continued his good outside shooting with a 4 of 6 performance from behind the 3-point line. ... Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

UP NEXT

Lakers return home to host Warriors on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Suns host the Hawks on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

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