Lonzo benched for 4th in win: 'No complaints'

From ESPN - November 13, 2017

PHOENIX -- One game after he made history as the youngest ever with a triple-double, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball watched the fourth quarter from the bench as coach Luke Walton rode the hot hands of Jordan Clarkson and Corey Brewer on Monday night.

With Clarkson and Brewer combining for 24 points in the second half, the Lakers got a much-needed 100-93 win over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Lakers (6-8) finished a daunting four-game trip by snapping a three-game losing slide.

"We got a win so I got no complaints," said Ball, who exited the game with 2:47 left in the third quarter for Clarkson. "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," he added. "I would have rolled with him, too."

Ball shot 3-for-10 and had seven points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals and four turnovers when he left the game for good in the third quarter with the Suns (5-10) up by four.

Clarkson scored five points as the Lakers closed the third with a 9-4 run to take a one-point lead into the fourth. With the game tied at 81 with 7:25 to play, the Lakers went on a 17-7 run to lead 98-88 with 2:43 remaining with Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Brewer, Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez on the floor.

Walton was faced with the dilemma of getting a couple of his starters -- including his franchise point guard -- back in, or riding a unit that was winning the fourth quarter.

"It's tough and it's a feel thing," Walton explained. "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."


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