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Kuzma clicks as
Lakers eclipse Suns

 

Kyle Kuzma "clicked" to drain two clutch three-pointers as the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back to score a 123-115 road victory over the Phoenix Suns yesterday.

Kuzma hit back-to-back threes in the final three minutes of a see-saw battle to finally sink the Suns, shortly after Phoenix had taken a 113-111 lead with 3min 29sec left at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

A LeBron James three-pointer put the Lakers 114-113 ahead before Kuzma weighed in to stretch the lead to 120-113.

"I've been finding my rhythm all season," Kuzma said of his crucial pair of late three-pointers.

"It kind of clicked a little bit. I know I can shoot," added Kuzma, who finished with 23 points off the bench while Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

James added 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Lakers made an instant return to winning ways following Sunday's loss to Toronto.

The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-2 at the top of the Western Conference, continuing the franchise's resurgence under head coach Frank Vogel.

Phoenix meanwhile fell to 6-4 with the defeat. Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio led the Suns scoring with 21 points apiece.

Elsewhere, Trae Young exploded for 42 points as the Atlanta Hawks upset the Denver Nuggets, 125-121, in Colorado.

Young also added 11 assists in a virtuoso display that was the 21-year-old's fifth 30-point game of the season and his third in a row.

"It felt good," Young said. "It felt even better because we won. I'm glad I was able to knock some shots down to help us win.”

In Philadelphia, the 76ers improved to 7-3 in the Eastern Conference table with a gritty 98-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers with 27 points, while hauling down 14 defensive rebounds. Josh Richardson added 17 points while Ben Simmons had 15.

But the Sixers were left sweating until the final seconds before Embiid slammed in the winning dunk with 13.2 sec on the clock to seal the win and prevent what would have been an upset defeat.

In Miami, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and 13 assists while Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 14 rebounds as the Heat downed Detroit 117-108.

Miami improved to 7-3 with the victory to continue their strong start to the season.*AFP

 

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