Devin Booker’s ejection can’t cease Suns from beating Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 factors within the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker’s ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday evening.

Booker scored 17 factors earlier than getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left within the third quarter. The Suns (23-11) nonetheless took cost down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 video games whereas additionally transferring previous the defending champions (24-12) into second place within the Western Convention by successful proportion.

LeBron James scored 38 factors for Los Angeles, which has misplaced 5 of seven with mounting harm issues. Dennis Schröder added 17 factors, however the Lakers couldn’t sustain with out regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol.

Kuzma was a late scratch with a bruised proper heel, whereas Gasol missed his first recreation below the NBA’s well being and security protocols.

Booker was whistled for 2 technical fouls in remarkably speedy succession, ensuing within the All-Star’s second ejection in simply over 5 weeks.

Moments earlier than Booker’s ejection, James and Lakers coach Frank Vogel received simultaneous technicals for arguing a no-call on Chris Paul.

The Suns snapped their five-game skid towards the Lakers at Staples Heart since November 2017.

James, who led the NBA in assists final season, repeatedly scored within the paint towards Phoenix whereas taking an uncharacteristic off-ball position on many possessions. His highest-scoring efficiency since Jan. 25 nonetheless wasn’t sufficient for the Lakers.