Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Los Angeles Lakers claim third straight win against Phoenix Suns

Los Angeles Lakers claim third straight win against Phoenix Suns

Pacific division leaders the Los Angeles Clippers lost late, with a Dorian Finney-Smith tip shot putting the Dallas Mavericks ahead with 34.3 seconds left.

Booker missed three games earlier in the season after injuring the same hamstring October 25 in the first meeting with the Lakers.

James hasn't averaged at least 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists since the 2009-10 season - his last in his first tour with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing with the Miami Heat.

Booker has faced a handful of injuries this season, including a toe injury that forced him to miss Friday's game against the Orlando Magic. A rematch against James and the Lakers (13-9) should inspire Booker to play through the pain, however.

The 22-year-old guard re-aggravated the injury in the second quarter while he was running back to the defensive end of the floor. "Now we have to continue to get good at, better at, those other times where we're just playing basketball".

"This is all about making sure that they can say something on ESPN and everybody can just talk".

Booker did not speak to reporters after the Suns' 120-96 loss in Los Angeles, according to the Athletic.

"It never goes to plan, but I like the progress we've made, where we're at as a team right now compared to where we were to start the season", he said.

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