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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

Suns buckled in the fourth quarter and it cost them their first loss in Summer League to LA 73-72

Phoenix- The Suns' dropped their first summer league against the Lakers, 73-72.

Coming into their first Summer League game against the Los Angeles Lakers, all eyes were on Jalen Smith and Ty-Shon Alexander. The game started off very slow and sloppy. Phoenix turned the ball over three times in the first few minutes of the game. Smith had a couple of mid range shots that went in the bucket and started a 6-0 run mid-way in the first. Phoenix got after the Lakers defensive. The Sun's did a good job closing out on the Lakers' shooters and did not allow them to get out in the open floor and run. Phoenix cut the Lakers' lead to two at the end of the first, 14-12.

Alexander could not find his flow in the second and struggled to find his stroke. He had a couple of good looks, but could not knock the shots down. In a very slow tempo game with more of an offensive struggle, the Suns was hanging in there at the break with the Lakers. Phoenix was down at half by two, 30-28.

In the second half, the Suns started to get their offense rolling. They went on a 12-5 run at the start of the third to take the lead. Phoenix buckled down defensively and got some much needed stops, which sprung a 10-0 run late in the third. Things got very interesting in the fourth.

Phoenix let a 10 point lead slip down the drain with six minutes left in regulation. The Suns was very careless with the ball, had three offensive fouls, and did not take advantage with fastbreak opportunities. With 16 seconds left, the ball, and a chance to win the game, Phoenix called a straight line play, which got them to the foul line. Smith missed one free through and made the other yo go up one.

On the ensuing play, Austin Reaves hit a bank shot with 2.1 seconds left and helped the Lakers shock the Suns, 73-72.

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