Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton both had 26 points, Chris Paul had a triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and The Phoenix Suns defeated the Lakers 111-94 on Sunday night

Los Angeles played for the second time this season without 17-time All-Star LeBron James and fell to 2-0 in his absence. James suffered a severe sprain in a 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday Ankle and is expected to miss a significant time

Even after the defeat, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was optimistic about the performance of his team. Los Angeles plays even without All-Star striker Anthony Davis, who missed a large part of the season with a strain on the right calf

“I think our boys really fought tonight,” said Vogel. “We didn’t shoot the ball that well, but I thought we started at a very high level”It will take some time to adjust, figure out where the footage is coming from and what our new identity will look like”

Los Angeles fought without James on offense and shot 41% off the field Montrezl Harrell led the Lakers with 23 points off the bench in the 10-of-13 shootout to Dennis Schroder who added 22 points

“Defense in the second and fourth quarters – 18 points each. That earned us the game,” said Sun coach Monty Williams

Phoenix went into the fourth quarter with a lead of 88-76. The Lakers moved 6:33 within 96-89 after a free throw after a technical foul on Paul, but the Suns responded with the next seven points and moved for her 17th Win back in 21 games

The Suns took the lead 59-44 at halftime. Booker had 14 points before the break, while Ayton had 12. The Lakers shot just 37% off the field in the first half

Paul was 10000 assists the sixth player in NBA history when he tossed Deandre Ayton an alley-oop pass for a dunk in the third quarter

“It’s primarily a blessing to just play so long,” Paul said. “This is something I don’t take for granted. There are a lot of people I got in with who train and can’t play.” / p>

The only players in league history with more assists are John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson With about 30 games remaining this season, it’s possible Paul Nash, Jackson and Johnson on the third place on the career list overtaken

“I’m just grateful to be with Chris and enjoy moments like this,” said Williams, who praised Paul’s hard work throughout his career. “You don’t get 10000 assists if you just show up ”

Lakers trainer Frank Vogel said he wasn’t sure how much time James would miss with his ankle injury, but made it clear that a quick return was unlikely

Vogel said the Lakers obviously missed having the four-time most valuable player on the ground, but the team’s offensive would have the same “general structure and framework” “

The coach also hoped that the free time would allow James to take both a mental and physical break when the Lakers won the NBA championship last season in a delayed COVID-19 season that ended on October 11th James and the rest of LA players must recover less than two months before the current season training camp
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce watched Sunday’s game from a suite

Lakers: Without James, Los Angeles left with a starting line-up of Wesley Matthews, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Schroder

Suns: F Cam Johnson was available for the first time since missing six games in a row in the league’s health and safety protocol.He took his first shot – a 3-pointer from the corner – after checking in at the end of the first quarter He finished with eight points in 15 minutes

Dennis Schroder said on Sunday that as long as the Lakers are without LeBron James and Anthony Davis they will have to completely revise their approach. “I think like we played with them before, now it’s the other way around,” said he

– Luka Doncic scored 37 points in three quarters, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a Portland Trail Blazers 132-92 router on Sunday night

Luka Doncic deducts eight 3-point points before missing on his ninth try and ending his career for three seconds in one game

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