Suns torch Lakers behind strong supporting cast

Published February 26, 2024, 12:00 AMLei Macaranas

(Phoenix Suns)
When you say Phoenix Suns’ Big Three, you immediately think of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal.

However, in Monday's (PHL) win against the Los Angeles Lakers, 123-113, it was Grayson Allen, Royce O’Neale, and Jusuf Nurkic who came up big for the Suns.

Allen scored 24 points and O’Neale added another 20 off of 6 threes.. Nurkic was also a beast with 18 points, 22 rebounds, and seven assists as the Suns win back-to-back against the Lakers this season after losing their first three meetings.
Allen and O’Neale hit crucial 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Suns up 116-104 with three minutes left.
The Suns took a 38-18 lead late in the first quarter before settling for a 45-28 advantage after 12 minutes. The 45 points were the most Phoenix has scored in a quarter this season.  

LA slowly cut the deficit, coming to within two, 90-92, by late in the third. But Phoenix responded with the next six points and didn't trail in the fourth, snapping a two-game skid.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting and also had 12 assists. Anthony Davis had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

D’Angelo Russell finished with 20 points and seven assists, while Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura ended with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Phoenix knocked down 17 3s and a dozen were from O’Neale and Allen, who each hit six. Nurkic facilitated plenty of offensive possessions when Booker and Durant were trapped while defending Anthony Davis.

Beal missed his fourth straight game because of a tight left hamstring. He's played just 30 of the team's 58 games this season because of various injuries. Key backup Eric Gordon was also out with left groin soreness.