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Knight’s triple double helps Suns outduel the Lakers

Brandon Knight had a huge night scoring 30 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists. Eric Bledsoe also had success last night scoring 21 points on 50% shooting.eric_bledsoe

“They (the bench) gave me the cue,” Knight said. “I was just thankful it was able to roll back there. I was tired.” Knight was at the center of the Suns’ fourth quarter push to take control of the game after taking a five-point lead into the period.

Overall, the Suns outscored the Lakers 21-8 over a span of 5:40 in the fourth quarter to open a 103-86 lead, extending the advantage to as many as 21 points in the closing minutes.

“The chemistry for this team is pretty good right now,” said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team has won its past three games by a combined 57 points. “They’re all cheering each other on. A good sign for a coach to see is them all supporting each other. When you see that, good things happen.”

byronScottThe Lakers looked slow and confused defensively all night.  The Suns kept the pressure on all game. There largest lead of the night was 21 points.  The major difference in the game was that the Lakers turned the ball over 16 times and they were not able to stop the Suns fast break offense. The Lakers were playing on consecutive days for the second time in a week. Lakers coach Byron Scott, however, refused to buy into any thoughts of team fatigue.

“I keep hearing about this back to back,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott. “To me, that is a bunch of crap. It really is. It’s basketball. You come ready to play. I thought our guys gave an effort but I thought their effort was 10 times better. They seemed to want it a lot more than we didn’t tonight.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott also was upset by his team’s 17 turnovers, which were turned into 24 Phoenix points. “A lot of the time they didn’t really cause to turn over the ball,” he said. :It was just us being careless with the ball. We have to be a little bit more understanding how important that orange thing is.”

The Lakers were without All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who was kept back in Los Angeles to rest rather than having to play on back-to-back nights.

Jordan Clarkson getting by Bledsoe

Jordan Clarkson getting by Bledsoe

One bright spot for the Lakers was that Jordan Clarkson continued to play well as he scored 20 points on 12 shot attempts. He has been playing well despite the dissapointing the 2-9 start for the Lakers.  Friday night the Lakers will look to get a win against the Toronto Raptors.

Lastly, Lakers G Larry Nance Jr. made his Phoenix debut and was scoreless on three shots with three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a turnover in just under 23 minutes. Nance’s father, Larry Sr., played for the Suns from 1981-88 and remains the franchise’s leader in blocked shots with 940.

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