Suns close homestand with lackluster loss to Lakers

PHOENIX -- D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 122-110 win against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

Jordan Clarkson added 19 for the Lakers, who stopped an 11-game skid in Phoenix, where they hadn't won since Jan. 5, 2011. Los Angeles lost 137-101 in its previous game in Phoenix on Feb. 15, the most one-sided Suns win in the series' history.

The Lakers took the lead to start the second half and were up by as many as 21 Thursday night. A late Phoenix run made it a seven-point game before Los Angeles scored the final five points.

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Devin Booker scored 23 for the Suns. Marquese Chriss added 18, and T.J. Warren finished with 17 points.

Los Angeles outscored Phoenix 21-8 to start the second half. It opened an 82-71 lead on Brandon Ingram's dunk off a pass from Russell with 4:10 left in the third.

Tony Buckets! @TonyWarrenJr recorded his 2nd straight double-double (third career) and finished with a career-high 13 rebounds.

— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 10, 2017

Julius Randle's 3-pointer gave the Lakers their biggest lead at 116-95 with 4:53 to play. The Suns put together a 15-1 spurt to cut it to 117-110 on Booker's cutting layup through traffic, but there was just 51.2 seconds to play.

Russell ended any doubt with his final 3, making it 120-110 with 32.5 seconds remaining.

The Suns trailed most of the first half, going 4:26 without a point in a 10-0 Lakers run, before Booker scored seven in a 14-2 surge that put Phoenix up 63-59 with 40.6 seconds to play. Clarkson's layup at the buzzer cut the Suns' lead to 63-61 at the break.


After winning the first three, Phoenix finished its five-game homestand 3-2. ... The NBA fined Jared Dudley $35,000 for head-butting Washington's Jason Smith on Tuesday night. ... Alan Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double off the bench.


Suns visit Dallas on Saturday night before returning for three more at home.