Led by D’Angelo Russell, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns reserves by 121 to 107 on Friday and remained in contention for a direct spot in the playoffs. The point guard scored 24 points with six balls from the perimeter and was the scorer of the match.
With the win, then, the angelino team will play the last game of the regular season with chances of direct qualification to the decisive phase of the NBA.
The Lakers had good performances from Austin Reaves and Malik Beasley to beat the Suns and continue in the fight for the playoffs.
The guard ended the duel with 22 points and 69.3% success in field shots. Already the reserve, he scored 21 points with four balls of three.
The Lakers went with their main team to face the Suns reserves despite the supporting players shining.
However, LeBron James and Anthony Davis started in the starting quintet. The pivot won a double-double of 14 points and an incredible 21 rebounds. LeBron had 16 points.
Coach Monty Williams has just picked Josh Okogie from the starting lineup for the game at Crypto.com Arena.
However, Torrey Craig was the highlight of the Arizona team. The veteran, after all, had 18 points and still distributed four blocks.
Jock Landale, coming off the bench, was also important. The Australian ended the duel with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Okogie, in turn, scored 16 points. The Suns, by the way, spared their main players for being in fourth place in the Western Conference and having their direct playoff spot assured.
The Lakers need to beat the Utah Jazz in the last round of the regular season. The match takes place next Sunday, also in Los Angeles.
However, the team led by Darvin Ham will need to dry the rival Los Angeles Clippers, who will play two games in a row. On Saturday, they face the Portland Trail Blazers and, finally, the Suns.