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Suns Fail in Comeback to Lakers

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One thing the Phoenix Suns don’t want is to get comfortable with losing as the end of the season nears. The Western Conference is shifting ever-so constantly with time winding down.

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For Phoenix, getting a win over a LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers would be ideal. The Suns were without Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton, helping even the playing field.

The Lakers were able to control the better portion of the game after the first quarter. As time expired, it was clear the Lakers had no intention on letting the game slip from their grasp, winning 122-111.

Devin Booker Brings Another 30 Piece

Going off his first half performance, Booker had a lot of making up to do as the third quarter got underway. Booker had only managed eight points in the first half to go with three turnovers.

If the Suns were going to find their way back into the contest, they’d need another of one “those” nights for Booker. The star guard is averaging 31 points in his last five games on 55 percent shooting.

Despite his heroics, Booker’s points couldn’t overcome the slow start he’d put together in the first half. He was also up to seven turnovers, which slowed down any momentum the Suns had at times.

Chris Paul Fills a Void

With Durant remaining out, each night brings a new challenge for Phoenix. A constant challenge will be finding the No.2 scoring option alongside Booker.

Though not in a flashy fashion, Chris Paul took up the mantle Wednesday. Paul ended the night with 18 points, four assists and four rebounds. He also shot 8-of-17 from the field, going 2-of-4 from three-point range.

Paul’s ability to still create and generate offense will be heavily weighted when it comes time for the postseason. Both he and Booker have missed significant time this season.

With the loss, the Suns remain in a tight spot of keeping their fourth place in the Western Conference above the Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix will finish a three-game road trip against the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Sacramento has shocked the league this season, sitting at third in the conference.

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