What we learned from the Lakers’ 112-93 win over Phoenix

Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson dives for a loose ball during the first quarter of a game Tuesday at Staples Center.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Here’s what we learned from the Lakers’ 112-93 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at Staples Center.

The Lakers have figured some things out

Tuesday’s win was the team’s 10th in its last 15 games, putting memories of LaVar Ball’s criticisms about Luke Walton almost completely out of sight.


This win came after Walton challenged his team to respond to a needed day off Monday with no letdown against the Suns, who were without their top player, Devin Booker. Instead of being flat or sluggish, the Lakers ran with the Suns early before locking in and blowing them out late.

It was what a good professional basketball team would do against a lesser opponent.

Julius Randle is locked in

It wasn’t that long ago that Walton called out Randle after a loss to the Thunder for not playing with enough physicality and toughness. But on Tuesday, for the 10th-straight game, Randle was an effective force for the Lakers.

His coaches and teammates praised Randle for being one of the tone setters in Tuesday’s performance, and finally, it seems like he’s become a player the Lakers can count on on a nightly basis.

Ten games a season doesn’t make, but people around the team have no problems saying this is the best they’ve ever seen Randle play.


Brandon Ingram has made a point

With Lonzo Ball still out with a sore left knee — and no one committing to a timetable for his return — the Lakers have turned to Brandon Ingram to run the offense.

He scored 26 points Tuesday on 12 attempts, getting to the foul line and hitting from deep for a wildly efficient night.

Walton said he wants defenses to feel pressured every time Ingram has the ball — and right now, they should be feeling it.

Josh Hart fits in

Hart had his third-straight double-double, continuing to impress the Lakers with his ability to contribute on the glass and in the scoring column.


While his rebounding is the most noticeable contribution over the past three games, Hart’s also shooting the ball well from three-point range. And when he can stretch the defense, it opens things up for Randle, Ingram and the rest of the team.

Lopez counts by three

If you need proof that the NBA is evolving, Tuesday marked the first time that Brook Lopez attempted only three-point shots in a game. All six of his attempts were from deep.

Lopez said it was probably the first time in his life that has happened.

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