The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fifth straight game on Friday with the Phoenix Suns proving to be too much to handle. The Lakers lacked energy and focus early and often in this divisional matchup. Phoenix took advantage and for the most part controlled the game from start to finish.
Although the Suns were able to come out victorious avenging their loss to the Lakers the last time they were at the Staples Center on Nov. 8, Phoenix had no answer for Lou Williams. The veteran guard had another offensive explosive on Friday night finishing with a game-high 35 points.
After the game, Suns head coach Earl Watson talked about the challenge of facing Williams. Watson had nothing but high praise for the Lakers guard and his ability to be an elite scorer.
"I remember when Lou first came into the league, he earned everything," Watson said of Williams. "He's a dynamic scorer. He's one of the best scorers in our league. He's a big addition to any roster. I respect him a lot. A lot of our scout was about him. We knew we had to find a way to make him earn his points. You're not going to ever stop him; you just want him to be not as efficient."
Williams went 10-for-19 from the field on Friday night with the majority of his makes coming from beyond the arc. The veteran guard hit six threes against the Suns to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, Williams' solid all-around effort and game-high 35 points weren't enough to snap the team's current skid. Los Angeles now falls to 10-15 on the season with a brutal road trip on the horizon.
The Lakers will host the New York Knicks on Sunday before embarking on a seven-game road trip the following Monday starting with the Sacramento Kings.