The first meeting of the season nine games in and the Phoenix Suns are battling the Los Angeles Lakers for first place in the pacific division.
Suns coming in 6-3 and playing brand of basketball that filled the building with an equal number of fans from both sides in the building.
How would the new look Suns fair against one of the LA super teams at home, the answer is they did themselves very well as they made this contest very highly contested all throughout the game including 29 lead changes.
The difference in the game was the size of the lakers, who dominated the paint 70-46 and closed the game out with numerous offensive rebounds.
The Suns had no answer for Anthony Davis, Javell Mcgee and even Dwight Howard on the boards all night.
The only big for the Suns Aaron Baynes played his offense on the perimeter as he knocked down four of the teams 16 three pointers while shooting 4 for 6 on the night.
The strategy was to out shoot the big lakers and hope their outside game was not going to show on the road.
But the Lakers were game in the closing moments, as the Suns tried to guard the paint from offensive rebounds and easy low post scores and drives, they gave up open three point shots to leading scorer Kyle Kuzma in the last three minutes of the game.
Kuzma finished with 23 points on nine of 16 shooting from the field.
Super star point/forward Lebron James played facilitator all night and chipped in 19 points, and had his problems from the free throw line where he was an abysmal 2 of 7 on the night.
One could only wonder why the Suns didn’t turn to the hack a James down the stretch when they went down five point under a minute to go in regulation.
But the Lakers get the first of four meeting with these teams with the 123-115 win, and the Suns fall a little short and have much to learn from going forward. Coach Monty Williams after the game said he played his guys too many minutes.
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Playing a big team as the lakers without De’Andre Ayton proved to be a hard task as the Suns paint scoring was not great at all.
One can only imagine what this rivalry reborn in the making will look like with the number one overall pick in the line -up.
The first of the new year we shall see.
Devin Booker was not able to play as physical down the stretch as he was in foul trouble most of the night, picking up fouls guarding Danny Green and Alex Caruso who at times looked to get into Bookers head and allow him to play upset and out of sink.
Booker finished with a very quite 21 points and 9 assists and was not much of a factor down the stretch for the first time this season.
All in all this was a good game to watch, but the size of the lakers was way too much, but they only out rebounded the Suns by 5 44-39.
Suns shot 76% from the free throw line, out shooting the Laker who were a sloppy 52.4% and their super star James adding the worst percentage to aid that total.
Cant wait until these two teams go at it again.