LOS ANGELES—Faith in the Los Angeles Lakers has been restored at Staples Center thanks to new Head Coach Luke Walton, who has already changed the culture of the recent faltering franchise. The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to an easy victory on Sunday, November 6, beating the Phoenix Suns, 119-108. Their record is 4-3 on the season.
This is the Lakers first 3-game winning streak since April 2013. Talk about home court advantage.
Barely seven games into the new season, the fans are re-energized and the players are brimming with confidence riding their current winning streak. Spurred by Nick Young’s 22 points, the improved bench and one Julius Randle. The Lakers have yet to lose at Staples Center this season, and the win only reinforces the Golden State shocker on Friday night. When the purple and gold destroyed the Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s arch villain, 117-97.
“We came out to show the Golden State game was not a surprise, we believe in one another and our ability,” said Luol Deng.
In his third year, Randle is turning into a bona fide star. Canyon News can’t help raving about the, “Monster.” He scored 18 points, and provided some of the games best moments. In the second quarter, he threaded the needle to Center Timofy Mosgov for an easy deuce. Then, showed no mercy on a one-handed jam from Lou Williams.
Walton’s impact on the team cannot be understated. Encouraging his players to speak up, even offering suggestions at times.
“I like that interaction with them, absolutely. It makes them accountable and care about the success of the team,” said Walton.
The Suns were led by Devin Booker, who was unstoppable with his game high 39 points. In the fourth quarter, the Suns trimmed the Lakers lead to 93-92. The Lakers bench, Jordan Clarkson in particular, was spectacular down the stretch. Scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter alone, plus a Nick Young 4-point play sealed the deal. The Lakers bench outscored Phoenix 47-9.
The Lakers have an opportunity to make it four in a row tonight against the Dallas Maverics at Staples Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p. m.