Suns outgun short-handed Lakers

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    SOARING: Suns star Devin Booker shoots over Lakers guard Dennis Schroder in first half play. REUTERS PHOTO
    DARIO Saric scored 21 points off the bench and the visiting Phoenix Suns defeated the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-104 despite losing All-Star Devin Booker to an ejection in the third quarter on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
    Mikal Bridges had 19 points, Deandre Ayton and Booker added 17 apiece and Jae Crowder scored 15 on four 3-pointers for the Suns, who won their third in a row and their sixth in seven games.
    The win allowed the Suns to tie the Lakers for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
    LeBron James had 38 points and six assists for the Lakers, who were without center Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols) and forward Kyle Kuzma (heel contusion). Dennis Schroder scored 17 points, Talen Horton-Tucker chipped in 16 and Markieff Morris finished with 12.
    Los Angeles fell to 3-6 starting with the Feb. 14 game in which Anthony Davis sustained a calf injury that will keep him out through the All-Star break.
    In other games, it was the Nuggets 128, Bucks 97; Grizzlies 125, Wizards 111; Hawks 94, Heat 80; Celtics 117, Clippers 112; and Spurs 119, Knicks 93.
    Nuggets 128, Bucks 97
    Nikola Jokic recorded his 50th career triple-double with 37 points, 11 assists and 10
    rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets cool off the Milwaukee Bucks.
    Jokic notched his ninth triple-double of the season as Denver secured its third win in a row to open a five-game road trip.
    He is the ninth player in NBA history with 50-plus triple-doubles, joining Oscar Robertson (181), Russell Westbrook (156), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107), LeBron James (97), Wilt Chamberlain (78), Larry Bird (59) and James Harden (53).
    The Nuggets snapped the Bucks’ five-game winning streak despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Jamal Murray scored 24 points for Denver while Khris Middleton had 20 points for Milwaukee. – Field Level Media