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NBA: Suns pull plug on Lakers’ postseason bid

/ 01:21 PM April 06, 2022
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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks to the bench during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center on April 05, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 121-110. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Devin Booker scored 32 points and made six 3-pointers in three quarters on Tuesday night to help Phoenix post a 121-110 victory over visiting Los Angeles, a triumph that eliminated the Lakers from the play-in berth race as well as providing the Suns with a franchise-record 63rd victory.

LeBron James sat out with an ankle injury for the fifth time in seven games as Los Angeles (31-48) lost its seventh straight game. The setback stomped out the Lakers’ final hope after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets earlier in the night.

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Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Paul recorded 12 assists as the NBA-best Suns (63-16) snapped a two-game slide. Phoenix surpassed the 62 wins put together by the 1992-93 and 2004-05 teams.

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Anthony Davis registered 21 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which dropped to 11-28 on the road. Phoenix is an NBA-best 32-8 at home.

Cameron Johnson had 12 points and Mikal Bridges added 10 for Phoenix, which shot 49 percent from the field and was 14 of 39 from 3-point range. Cameron Payne contributed 11 assists for the Suns, who went 4-0 against the Lakers this season.

Austin Reaves tallied 18 points and Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard added 10 points apiece for Los Angeles, which shot 45.3 percent and was 9 of 29 from behind the arc.

The Suns led 63-58 at halftime before dominating the first 9:23 of the third quarter.

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Crowder and Booker drained 3-pointers during a 12-0 burst to give Phoenix an 84-65 lead. The advantage reached 20 when Booker connected on another trey to make it 87-67 with 5:30 left in the period.

Booker hit his third 3-pointer in a span of 89 seconds to increase the lead to 90-68 with 4:46 remaining.

Ayton finished off the quarter-opening 33-12 burst with a turnaround jumper to boost the margin to 96-70 with 2:37 to go.

Booker completed a 16-point third quarter with a layup with 9.1 seconds left as Phoenix took a 98-80 lead into the final quarter.

The Suns led by 25 midway through the final stanza before Los Angeles scored 12 in a row to cut into the margin.

Booker scored 16 first-half points as the Suns held the five-point lead at the break. Westbrook had 18 in the half for the Lakers.

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