Phoenix Suns best L.A. Lakers on the road despite Devin Booker ejection


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Devin Booker delivered from the line to clinch the game on Thursday

Daniel Moreno, Reporter

The Suns came through with a 10 point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center Tuesday night, even though Devin Booker was given two technical fouls and tossed from the game with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The win was a team effort for the Suns as they had to face off against Lebron James and a monstrous 38 point performance. Not only were the Suns starters able to provide a barrage of offensive attacks, having four of the five starters put up double digits points, but Dario Saric also added 21 points off the bench. Although, the most important of those 21 were the 10 he put up in the fourth quarter to close out the game.

“We knew we had to go out there and do what we do. We had to lock in for the rest of the game and do it for our teammates,” Phoenix forward Mikal Bridges said following the game.

Those words were showcased Tuesday night as the Suns never appeared to miss a beat, even when the primary source of their offensive strength was kicked out of the game for a heated exchange following a Deandre Ayton foul on James. The call quickly became controversial as no physical contact was made with anyone.

Sports analyst Stephen A Smith chimed in on the call via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

“WTH is going on. How in the hell does an official EJECT @DevinBooker31 over something so innocuous??? The @NBA has got to start doing something about this,” Smith tweeted.

However, while there was plenty of time to get frustrated and confused, Head Coach Monty Williams kept the Suns goal in mind, looking forward for a win, dealing with the reality as it was.

“I didn’t get one because we had to move on. That’s what we have to do in those moments. I saw talking, I saw back and forth and to be honest, I didn’t need an explanation. For us to be the team that we can be, we gotta be able to handle those moments even when they don’t go our way,” Williams said.

Despite Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis being out, defeating “King” James is never an easy task.

The Suns showed both resilience and determination for their teammates Tuesday night as well as coaching to get wins.

With the win, the Suns took over second place in the Western Conference and host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Phoenix Suns Arena.