NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Phoenix 17 24 38 28 107
LA Lakers 43 31 27 16 117
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CT1:30 , January 1, 2020
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,997

Lakers, Suns each seek 3rd straight win as they face off

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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. Including regular season and postseason, the Lakers are 181-131 against Phoenix since the Suns joined the NBA in 1968-69. That's tied for the most wins by any team against any opponent over that span (the Celtics also have 181 wins against the Knicks).
  2. The Suns have won their last two road games and will be looking to win three consecutive road games for the first time since a five-game streak from December 17-28, 2014. They have played 202 road games since that streak, the longest active streak in the NBA without winning three straight road games.
  3. Devin Booker has scored 30+ points in three straight games, with all of them coming on the road. He's the first Suns player to score 30+ points in three straight games, all on the road, since Tom Chambers in March 1990. Only one player in Suns history has scored 30+ points in four straight games, all on the road: Charlie Scott in March 1973.
  4. The Lakers are 17-0 this season against teams that currently have a losing record. The Bucks (21-0) and Raptors (17-0) are the only other teams that are undefeated against sub-.500 teams this season.
  5. In his last four games, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has gone 2-for-3, 2-for-3, 3-for-4 and 4-for-5, respectively, from three-point range. He's the first player in Lakers franchise history to make multiple threes while missing no more than one in four consecutive games.
  6. LeBron James has 50 assists and nine turnovers over his last four games, the first time in his career he has had 50+ assists and fewer than 10 turnovers over a four-game span. The last Lakers player to have 50+ assists and fewer than 10 turnovers over a four-game span was Magic Johnson from January 13-18, 1991.

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to have found their rhythm again after recording back-to-back wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend. That might not be good news for the Phoenix Suns, who visit the Lakers on Wednesday.

The Western Conference-leading Lakers, who own the NBA's second-best record behind the Milwaukee Bucks at 26-7, had one of their strongest defensive efforts of the season Sunday when they beat the visiting Mavericks 108-95.

Los Angeles held Dallas to a season low in points and limited the Mavericks to 36-percent shooting while converting 48.7 percent of its shots. Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic was held to 19 points, 10 below his average.

The 128-120 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday ended a four-game losing streak for the Lakers.

"We just had to find ourselves again," Lakers forward Anthony Davis told reporters after scoring a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in the Dallas win. "It started with the defensive end. We were able to get back to what we do defensively and when we do that we are able to beat any team and feel good about ourselves.

"We were able to do that the last two games against two really great offensive teams, so when we do what we're supposed to do on the defensive end and we play with a lot of pace, sharing the basketball, getting in the passing lanes and getting steals and deflections we're a tough team to beat."

The Lakers enter Tuesday fifth in the league in points allowed at 105.3 per game, 2.2 behind the league-leading Denver Nuggets. They lead the league in blocks at 7.2 per game, and Davis is tied for second among players at 2.52 per contest.

LeBron James, who had 13 points and 13 assists against the Mavericks, continues to lead the league in assists with 10.8 per outing. Suns guard Ricky Rubio is second at 9.3.

Rubio and the Suns ended an eight-game losing streak with a 112-110 win over the Kings in Sacramento on Saturday, then followed that up with a 122-116 win at Portland on Monday. The Suns outscored the Blazers 39-27 in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 19 in the first half.

Devin Booker, who didn't attempt a 3-pointer against the Blazers, hit all 15 of his free throws and scored 33 points to go with seven assists to pace the Suns. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 29 points, hitting 7 of 10 3-pointers and 11 of 21 attempts from the floor in 40 minutes. The seven 3-pointers were a career high and he also had three steals. Rubio added 18 points and 13 assists.

Phoenix center Deandre Ayton returned against Portland after missing five games with a right ankle sprain. He came off the bench to grab 12 rebounds to go along with six points in 20 minutes.

Unlike the Lakers, the Suns are one of the league's worst defensive clubs. Phoenix is allowing 115.1 points per game, 25th in the league. Offensively, the Suns are averaging 114.3 points per contest, sixth in the NBA.

The Suns lost their first meeting with the Lakers this season, 123-115 in Phoenix on Nov. 12.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 31, 2019

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