Booker scored 17 points before getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left in the third quarter, but the Suns (23-11) still took charge down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 games. Phoenix also moved past the defending NBA champions (24-12) into second place in the Western Conference by winning percentage after completing an unbeaten three-game road trip.
“You gain confidence when a guy like Book doesn’t play or gets tossed, and you’re able to pull a game out on the road at the end of a trip,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “That’s a recipe for mailing it in … but that was a big-time character win. We got better. I think we played good tonight, but we probably got more confidence that we can pull a game out without Devin or Chris (Paul) saving the day.”
Devin Booker was just ejected from Lakers-Suns after picking up two technical fouls. pic.twitter.com/PtLbTVAm71
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 3, 2021
Suns knock off the Lakers and move to 2nd place in the West ☀️
Bridges: 19 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
Ayton: 17 PTS, 7-14 FG, 5 REB pic.twitter.com/SjfcqFPKjT
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 3, 2021