Lakers G Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, when he had 19 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds on Saturday at 20 years and 15 days old, five days younger than LeBron James.
The Lakers won 100-93 against the Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, but Ball had a quiet night in his 28 minutes in this game, going just 3-for-10 shooting, finishing off with just seven points, five rebounds, and five assists, as well as two steals and four turnovers.
"There were a couple of times where I was one play from putting him back in", Walton said, "and one of those guys would make a play". He's shooting a awful 31 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers scored the final six of the quarter, the last two on Clarkson's reverse layup with 3.6 seconds to go to lead 74-73 entering the fourth. Lonzo, who was one game removed from becoming the youngest player ever to record a triple-double, wasn't phased by his coach's decision.
"We got the win and everything worked out so I have no complaints", Ball said. "Teammates got a win in the fourth and I'm happy to at least get one on this road trip".
Phoenix scored the first nine points of the game and that was the biggest lead for either team through three quarters.
Lakers: Los Angeles beat the Suns for the third straight time, the first time that's happened in four years. If you are playing well, Walton will certainly find a way for you to get minutes.
"I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said.
Clarkson has cherished his role as a sixth man of the team, now under a more stable situation than last year's plug-and-play style under Walton.
The Suns were 7 of 26 from 3-point range, compared with 14 of 33 for the Lakers. "Our defense was decent enough to keep us in the game, but when they make 14 threes and you make seven.it's going to be a tough hill".
The points are a new season-high for Booker, who now has six 30-plus scoring performances in 15 games this season. But Kuzma hit two 3-pointers and Brewer one to spark a 9-1 run and give the Lakers some breathing room at 94-86 with 4:11 left.