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Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Podcast: Lakers forget to play defense, lose to Suns at home

Podcast: Lakers forget to play defense, lose to Suns at home

Still, what ball did Friday night at Staples Center generally is regarded as one of the ultimate sins in team sports. Suns rookie Josh Jackson stormed into the fray a few seconds later. After this one, the Suns calmed down and pushed on to avenge their home loss to the Lakers on Monday. "I think he is going to be all right".

His 30 points were the most by a rookie this season, and his six games of 20 or more points rank first among National Basketball Association rookies this season.

The story of the night was the Lakers' defensive woes as they gave up 67 points in the first half and were unable to get stops down the stretch as they almost completed a comeback. Three players were assessed technical fouls.Lonzo Ball was not one of them because he completely removed himself from the situation, walking away as the rest of his teammates got involved. On the other hand, he has a point in saying that National Basketball Association fights never really get out of hand and rushing to join the fracas is largely an exercise in wasted energy. Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Lakers. Then came an even poorer effort against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday when Ball scored two points on 1-of-9 shooting and didn't play in the fourth quarter for the second straight game.

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball may be one of the most hyped prospects to come into the National Basketball Association since LeBron James back in 2003.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker left and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope compete for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday Nov. 17 2017 in Los Angeles
Podcast: Lakers forget to play defense, lose to Suns at home

The Lakers have been struggling lately, but they've been a much better team at home where they've already won games over the likes of the Wizards and the Pistons.

Markkanen had 16 points against the Hornets, and his two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining were the final points.

Suns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. "With Devin playing the way he is, getting another 30, you have to pay attention to him, and it creates space for everyone else", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said.

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