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Suns fall to Lakers after 4th quarter collapse

Nov 10, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Phoenix Suns forward Keita Bates-Diop (21) in the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

After leading by as much as 14 in the second half, the Phoenix Suns blew yet another lead as they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers with a final score of 122-119.

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It was a 16-2 run that the Lakers went on to start the fourth quarter, which ultimately changed the entire game.

The Lakers initially began the night shooting 3-10 from beyond the arc; however, this trend would ultimately flip in the second half.

Led by Cam Reddish, who went 5-8, the Lakers went 9-12 from three in the second half.

Of course, LeBron James also seemed like an impossible task for the Suns to guard all night long.

James put up 32 points on 11-17 shooting; he also grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists.

On the Suns’ sideline, it was Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal doing almost all of the work.

Durant, after putting up 41 points just a couple of nights ago, scored 38, going 4-6 from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal, who just recently made his season debut against the Bulls on Wednesday, scored 24.

Unfortunately, due to the lingering effects of his back injury, Beal did not see much playing time in the second half, which played a large role in the Lakers storming a comeback.

While the Suns did outrebound LA, there were some crucial possessions in the 4th quarter where Phoenix came up short on the boards.

Also, turnovers, which have been a reoccurring theme all season, continued to haunt the Suns as they lost control of the basketball 13 times, with many of the turnovers coming in the 2nd half.

This was the second large lead that the Suns blew to the Lakers this season, the other coming on October 26th.

Combined between these two games, the Suns were outscored by 27 points in the 4th quarter.

Next up for the Suns is a meeting with the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder at 6 p.m. on Sunday night.

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