The Los Angeles Lakers won this one easily, beating the Phoenix Suns 125-100 as they continue to make their way towards the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend.
Here’s the recap of the night.
Rajon Rondo makes it rain
Lakers fans, you’ll either love or hate to hear this, but Rajon Rondo had himself a pretty great game against the Suns. Most of his work came in an amazing first-half for the point guard, as he scored 15 points, his season-high for the season in any half.
The Suns were daring him to shoot the three on rotations and, although that has been an area that he’s been terrible in lately, he really put them down tonight. He made three of his four attempts in the first half, as he was making the other team pay for not respecting him behind the arc. He was also beating the other Suns’ guards to the rim after the first half when they started closing out on him more on the perimeter, showing off those patented soft layups off the glass.
He ultimately ended the game with 23 points (4-of-5 from three) with six assists and a team-high +22 in 26 minutes.
Lakers destroy the Suns on the boards
As DeAndre Ayton was out of this game, the Suns were severely undersized compared to Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and the rest of the Lakers. This was evident in the rebounding numbers from the game, as the Lakers had 59 rebounds to the Suns’ 29. The Lakers were led by Dwight Howard (15), Anthony Davis (10), and someone who has really put an emphasis on rebounding lately, Kyle Kuzma (eight).
LeBron James with another high turnover game
Look, let’s keep it real with one another. All-Star Weekend is coming up and LeBron could probably care less about this mid-February game against the Suns.
Still, this has become a trend as of late, as LeBron has become increasingly more careless with the ball, resulting in some high turnovers. He ended with eight in the end, following up his seven turnover night against the Warriors as well as the six turnover night in the loss against the Rockets.
We’ll see if this is just LeBron relaxing a little bit in anticipation of the break and if he will go back to being careful with the ball when the Lakers come back.
The Lakers will play one more game before the NBA All-Star break, visiting the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night with tip-off happening at 7:00 p.m. PST.