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Phoenix’s Defense Shuts Down the Lakers In First Quarter, Suns lead 30-18

The (1-0) Phoenix Suns are on the road against the (0-1) Los Angeles Lakers in their second game of the season. The “injury bug” has already bitten the Suns as both Devin Booker and Bradley Beal are out for tonight. Grayson Allen and Eric Gordon replaced them in the starting line-up.

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The Lakers came into this match-up after losing to the Denver Nuggets on October 24th, 119-107. In that game Anthony Davis scored 17 points in the first half and ended the game with 17 points. He went 0/6 from the field in the second half. LeBron James was the leading scorer with 21 points. This was not enough as Nikola Jokic had a triple double, 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists to help led Denver to the win.

The Suns were victorious in their opener as they defeated the Golden State Warriors on October 24th, 108-104. Devin Booker was definitely the player of the game for Phoenix. He had 32 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Phoenix was also great on the defensive end holding Golden State to 35% shooting from the floor and 23% from the floor.

The Lakers came into this game looking to get on the right track after their opening night loss to Denver. Phoenix looked to stay on the winning track with Devin Booker.

There was a lot of hype coming into this game as this was the first time Kevin Durant and Lebron James played against each other in a game that counts since December 25, 2018.

First Quarter

The Lakers came out hot as they got out to a 7-0 run to start.

Josh Okogie was able to get Phoenix with a corner three off of an assist from Grayson Allen.

The Suns were able to close the gap and eventually take the lead over the next few minutes behind the play of Okogie. He had two offensive rebounds during this run. Phoenix was up 17-16 with 5:08 left in the quarter. Eric Gordon already had seven points on 3/6 shooting. He was 4/16 in the previous game against the Warriors.

After the timeout the Suns scored nine unanswered points. The Lakers finally snapped the cold streak with a driving lay-up by Gabe Vincent. Jordan Goodwin came into the game and made an impact right away. He was picking up D’Angelo Russell full court and being aggressive on offense. Goodwin scored seven points in the quarter.

The Suns were up 30-18 at the end of the first quarter. Suns carried their great defense over from the Golden State game holding the Lakers to 34.8% shooting from the floor and 11% from three point range.

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