The Los Angeles Lakers managed to pick up a win against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Surprisingly, they managed to do this without Lonzo Ball playing well at all.
The Lakers won 100-93 against the Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, but Ball had a quiet night in his 28 minutes in this game, going just 3-for-10 shooting, finishing off with just seven points, five rebounds, and five assists, as well as two steals and four turnovers.
The point guard was performing so bad compared to his teammates that he was forced to watch the fourth quarter from the bench as coach Luke Walton went with the hot hands of Jordan Clarkson and Corey Brewer to see the game out. Ball exited the game with 2:47 left in the third quarter for Clarkson.
The youngest player ever with a triple-double said after the game, according to ESPN: "We got a win so I got no complaints. My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at least get one on this road trip.
"We got the win, everything worked out, so I got no complaints and J.C. was hot. I would have rolled with him, too."
Walton commented on his decision to go with Clarkson over Ball by saying: "It's tough and it's a feel thing. Brewer and Clarkson were both incredible tonight; they had been out there, they were working hard and obviously Zo's ability to play the game and run that point spot for us -- there were a couple times I was one play away from putting him back in, and one of those guys would make a play."
Ball, however, was just happy that his teammates got the job done.
"My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at least get one on this road trip. Corey must like playing in Phoenix, this is the second time he came through for us out here, and J.C. is going to do what he does every time, so those two guys picked us up, especially down the stretch."
The Lakers will look to continue their winning ways and improve upon their 6-8 record when they play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.