The Lakers crushed by the Suns, on the verge of elimination
The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to strike back.
Instead, it was the Phoenix Suns who threw hays, dotting the drunken Laker 115-85 punch down the road in Game 5 of the NBA Playoff Round 1.
With the win, the Suns take a 3-2 lead in the series and have the Lakers on the verge of elimination, which would be the first time LeBron James has not passed the first round of the playoffs during his 17-year career in the NBA. .
The two teams will meet again in Game 6 in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. local time.
The Lakers played without Anthony Davis, who was ruled out due to strain in his left groin. But how the Suns shot basketball with Davis on the ground might not have mattered.
How bad has it been for the Lakers? Los Angeles was outscored 32-10 in the second quarter. The Lakers didn’t score their first basket in the second quarter until a Talen Horton-Tucker fended off a missed free throw with 4:21 left before halftime.
The Suns took a 66-36 lead in the locker room at halftime. The 10 points were LA’s weakest quarterback of the season. The Lakers shot 2 for 17 (12%) from the field in the second quarter.
Booker led the Suns with 30 points. Playmaker Cameron Payne added 16 points.
James led the Lakers with 24 points and seven assists.
For the first time this season, the Suns had a crowd of 16,163 in the team arena in Phoenix, with chants of “Beat LA” reigning from the rafters.
However, the Suns received disturbing news when Chris Paul appeared to injure his bruised right shoulder again with 6:47 left in the third quarter on a foul by Wesley Matthews, who was boxing him.
Paul fell to the ground in pain, with coaches looking after him. Paul stayed in the game to shoot free throws, then left the game to receive more treatment. He didn’t come back.
The Lakers also lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when he again injured his bruised knee.
The Lakers, owners of the NBA’s best defense during the regular season, struggled to contain the scorching Suns. Phoenix shot 54.2% from the field and 8 for 18 (44.4%) from behind the arc in the first half.
The Lakers took a 10-5 lead early on, but the Suns managed a 14-0 run to take a 19-10 advantage with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter and never dragged from there.
Booker led Phoenix with 18 points in the first quarter and the Suns led 34-26 after the first.
Best player: Horton-Tucker finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in lost time.
What I liked : Montrezl Harrell has finally stepped into the game to reenergize Los Angeles.
What I did not like: The Los Angeles starting backcourt of Dennis Schröder and Caldwell-Pope finished without a point. Phoenix dominated Los Angeles 44-32 on paint points.
They said it: “They did what they’re supposed to do. They are supposed to win the fifth game, whether they win by one or by 30. They won the fifth game. It’s our turn to go back to LA, go home and take care of our field and make it a seven game series. . “- Frank Vogel on the bad Lakers defeat.