The Los Angeles Lakers showed grit and resourcefulness when they outlasted the Phoenix Suns, 106-103, on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the NBA in-season tournament. As a result, they head to Las Vegas to face the New Orleans Pelicans in the semifinal round on Thursday. With 7.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, they inbounded the ball, and it appeared Austin Reaves lost control of it while being hounded by Devin Booker.
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It also counts towards the Suns' regular season record, dropping them to 12-9 on the season and into the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Giving credit where it is due, the Lakers' defense clamped down and made life hell for the Suns. Los Angeles is long and large, and with complementary players like Taurean Prince and Jarred Vanderbilt, they possess a defensive acumen coupled with length, physicality, and lateral quickness that has been a challenge for Phoenix to navigate this season.