NBA wrap: LeBron James and Lakers high Suns, prolong profitable streak to 3. The Lakers dominated the Suns, however solely after a ridiculously gradual begin.The Lakers dominated the lowly Suns on Sunday. Los Angeles handed Phoenix a 120-96 pounding within the Staples Heart, extending their profitable streak to 3 video games.
Contemplating they trailed by as many as 17 factors within the first half, it’s shocking the Lakers beat the opposition by 24.
LeBron James scored 22 factors, grabbed six boards and dished out eight assists in 31 minutes. Kyle Kuzma had the sizzling hand within the first half, scoring 18 factors in simply 17 minutes. He led all scorers within the recreation with 23 factors.
Rookie massive man Moritz Wagner scored his first NBA factors in rubbish time towards Phoenix. He has been restricted to 4 video games this season due to a knee contusion he suffered again in October. After getting his first two factors on the charity stripe, he knocked down two Three-pointers en path to his mark of 10 fourth-quarter factors.
The now-14-9 Lakers are sixth within the Western Convention, and so they’ll look to select up extra steam at residence after they tackle the Spurs at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Studs of the Evening
Anthony Davis had 36 factors and 19 rebounds in 37 minutes to assist his Pelicans topple the Hornets 119-109.
Hassan Whiteside scored 23 factors and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 102-100 Warmth victory over the Jazz.
DeMar Derozan had a season-high 36 factors on 13-of-27 capturing for the Spurs to counteract a 37-point efficiency from Blazers guard Damian Lillard, leading to a 131-118 win for San Antonio over Portland.
Harrison Barnes poured in 30 factors to assist the Mavericks upset the piping sizzling Clippers 114-110.
Duds of the Evening
Kemba Walker performed a team-high 33 minutes for the Hornets, however was solely 6-of-15 capturing. He missed all six of his Three-point makes an attempt within the recreation, totaling 13 factors.
Marc Gasol was Four-of-14 capturing within the Grizzlies’ 103-95 loss to the Sixers. He performed a crew excessive 38 minutes and Memphis was minus-12 with him on the courtroom.
The Hornets might have misplaced to the Pelicans, however Miles Bridges wowed the group by slamming residence this off the backboard alley-oop from Malik Monk.
Dennis Smith Jr. used his 48-inch vertical to make up for the seven inches he gave as much as Tobias Harris, blocking this potential game-tying shot at the tip of regulation.
Nuggets (15-7) at Raptors (20-Four) 7:30 p.m. ET — Denver is simply half a recreation again from the primary place Clippers within the Western Convention. In the meantime, the Raptors are the clear favorites within the Japanese Convention. The younger core of the Nuggets must carry their greatest to problem the likes of Kawhi Leonard and the remainder of Toronto’s proficient roster.