On Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Diero ANarić scored 10 of 21 points, Mikael Bridges scored 19 and the Phoenix Suns defeated Devin Booker for a 114–104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Booker scored 17 points before arguing with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. The Suns (23-11) still narrowed the stretch and cruised to their 15th win in the 18th Games, as well as the defending winner (24-12) by finishing second in the Western Conference and winning second place Arrived at.
LeBron James scored 38 points for Los Angeles, losing five of seven with growing injury problems. Dennis Schroder added 17 points, but the Lakers could not live without regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Mark Gasol.
Kuzma was a late scratch with a right heel, while Gasol missed his first game under the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
Booker was whistled for two technical fouls in a remarkably rapid succession, resulting in the All-Star’s second ejection ending in just five weeks.
In the moments before Booker’s rejection, James and Lakers coach Frank Vogel got technical know-how together to make no calls on Chris Paul.
The Sun has skied its five matches since November 2017 against the Lakers at the Staples Center.
James, who led the NBA last season, repeatedly pitted against Phoenix, while playing an uncompetitive off-ball role on several possessions. His highest scoring performance since January 25 was still not enough for the Lakers.