Clark­son scores 25, Lak­ers beat Suns 100-93

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - AP SPORTS WRITER By BOB BAUM

PHOENIX — Jor­dan Clark­son scored a sea­son-high 25 points and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns 100-93 on Mon­day night.

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

Brook Lopez and Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-pope scored 15 apiece for the Lak­ers, who snapped a three­game los­ing streak and won in Phoenix for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball, com­ing off his first ca­reer triple-dou­ble on Satur­day night, did not play in the fourth quar­ter, when the Lak­ers pulled out the vic­tory. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shoot­ing, five re­bounds, five as­sists and four turnovers in 28 min­utes.

Booker scored 22 in the first half en route to his sixth 30-point performance in the last 10 games. T.J. War­ren added 21 and Dra­gan Ben­der a ca­reer-high 15 for the Suns.

The score was tied 81-81 af­ter Ben­der’s left-handed driv­ing layup with 7:25 to play.

Los An­ge­les took con­trol from there with a 10-2 run to go up 91-83 on Corey Brewer’s 3-pointer with 5:02 re­main­ing. Phoenix, loser of six of its last seven, never got closer than six af­ter that and Clark­son’s 3 made it 98-88 with 2:43 to go.

Phoenix scored the first nine points of the game and that was the big­gest lead for ei­ther team through three quar­ters.

Nei­ther team was up by more than five in the third. The Lak­ers scored the fi­nal six of the quar­ter, the last two on Clark­son’s re­verse layup with 3.6 sec­onds to go to lead 74-73 en­ter­ing the fourth.

AP PHOTO BY ROSS D. FRANKLIN

Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives past Phoenix Suns for­ward Dra­gan Ben­der, right, dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Mon­day in Phoenix.

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