The Lakers beat Phoenix.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2022-2023 NBA regular season Phoenix Suns 121-105 at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena on the 8th (hereinafter Korean time).
The Lakers (42-39), ranked 7th in the West, continued their hopes of going straight to the playoffs with the victory that day. After winning the final game, they have to wait for the results of the remaining matches between Golden State (43-38) in 5th place and LA Clippers (42-38) in 6th place. The Lakers have an overall advantage against Golden State, and are inferior to the Clippers.
However, apart from the victory, the performance was not very satisfactory.
It is the Lakers who have struggled against Phoenix, who have lost all their starting pitchers. LeBron James (16 points) and Anthony Davis (14 points, 21 rebounds) suffered from field hunting and were sluggish in attack than usual, while Austin Reeves (21 points) rallied. D’Angelo Russell (23 points) exploded at the end of the 4th quarter and led the team to victory.
Phoenix performed well even without Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton. Five people, including Tori Craig (18 points), scored double digits.
Contrary to what the Lakers were expected to have, Phoenix was the team that took the lead in the early stages of the game. Phoenix, who continued the close game in the first quarter, took the lead with Tori Craig’s consecutive goals. The Lakers struggled with Reeves to prevent the gap from widening, but after conceding one after another to Save Lee, the first quarter ended 30-34.
In the Lakers, Reeves went back and forth in the second quarter and accumulated points one by one. Phoenix also did not back down, responding with jumpers from Landry Shamet and Cameron Payne. The Lakers, who were being pushed, put pressure on Phoenix with Beasley and Russell’s three-point shots at the end of the quarter. The first half ended with the Lakers leading 61-62. 먹튀검증
Even at the beginning of the third quarter, the Lakers, where Reeves shone, turned the tide of battle with LeBron and Davis adding strength. Then Phoenix immediately responded with Craig and Shamet’s outer guns.
In the midst of the hassle, Davis succeeded in an Andone play, and the Lakers hit with Reeves’ consecutive points and Rui Hachimura’s three-point shot. The Lakers, who picked up the pace, ended the third quarter with a score of 96-89.
Phoenix, who handed over the initiative, quickly tied the game with Damien Lee at the beginning of the fourth quarter, running a 7-0 scoring run. However, Phoenix’s power ended there. Surprised Lakers, Lebron and Reeves accumulated points and started to deal with the situation, and succeeded in defending consecutively, bringing the flow back.
The Lakers, who found some room, began to solidify with Russell dominating the last minute of the 4th quarter. Phoenix, which lacked key members, was unable to seek a rebound, and the Lakers, who had solidified their winning streak, belatedly granted key members, including LeBron, a break.