Luke Walton On Benching Lonzo Ball: We Rode The Hot Hands


Luke Walton On Benching Lonzo Ball: We Rode The Hot Hands

With the game tied at 81 near the midway point of the fourth quarter, the Lakers went on a 17-7 spurt to pull away late, capped by a Jordan Clarkson layup to go up 98-88 with 2:43 to go.

"I just came in there aggressive like I try to do every night", Clarkson said, "score the ball for the same group and just win the game". "My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at least get one on this road trip".

Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns.

The Lakers are scheduled to host the 76ers at 2.30pm (AEDT) on Thursday after snapping their three-game losing streak during their four-game road trip.

The Lakers won 100-93 against the Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, but Ball had a quiet night in his 28 minutes in this game, going just 3-for-10 shooting, finishing off with just seven points, five rebounds, and five assists, as well as two steals and four turnovers.

Walton commented on his decision to go with Clarkson over Ball by saying: "It's tough and it's a feel thing".

I think it's a fine line because what you have to do is first, he's been shooting that way his whole life. TJ Warren and Dragan Bender added 23 and 15 markers, respectively.

"I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. It's been a much different story with the Lakers and they aren't much of a rush to make him change his shot mechanic.

Neither team was up by more than five in the third.

After drilling 41.2 percent of his three-point attempts past year at UCLA, Ball is also only shooting 25 percent from deep in the National Basketball Association.

Ball's second game in Phoenix did not go offensively the way it did the last time he was here.

He had 19 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds and at 20 years and 15 days old, beat James' record by just five days.