CP3-Aighten’s strong performance Defeat LAL where Phoenix LeBron is absent.
Phoenix beat the Lakers.
The Phoenix Suns won 117-105 against the LA Lakers in the 2021-2022 NBA pre-season at the Phoenix Footprint Center on the 7th (Korea Standard Time).
Phoenix’s Devin Booker was missing, but D’Andre Aiton led the team to victory with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul, who stepped on the court for the first time in the pre-season, played 22 minutes and recorded 8 points and 11 assists. Michael Bridges and J. Crowder also performed well with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 13 points and 9 rebounds, respectively.
The Lakers had a big gap in LeBron James and Russell Westbrook’s absence. Anthony Davis fought hard with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Malik Monk with 18 points and 3 assists, but failed to prevent the defeat. Camelo Anthony, who played his first game in a Lakers uniform, scored eight points and two rebounds.
At the beginning of the first quarter, Phoenix scored with Paul and Aton showing good teamwork one after another. The Lakers also did not easily back down, with Davis and Anthony playing. Phoenix, which was in a neck-and-neck race, began to take the lead in bench members such as Cameron Payne at the end of the quarter. Thus, the first quarter ended with Phoenix leading 27-21.
Phoenix, who faced the second quarter, was hit by a series of outside shots by Monkey and slowed down for a while. Phoenix, who put out Jabale McGee’s urgent fire, took the lead with Crowder’s two three-point shots. The gap widened in an instant as Aton and Briggs joined the scoring. Phoenix, who ran away with ease, finished the first half 62-45.
A similar pattern continued in the second half.
Phoenix, which was gradually increasing the gap between scores in the third quarter, made a 24-point difference with Paul and Crowder’s outer shots. The match was virtually decided here as Bridge and Cam Johnson continued their scoring offensive.
Phoenix, which is close to victory, has given Paul and Aton a break since the middle of the third quarter. The Lakers narrowed the gap late, but it was not enough to reverse the situation.