Bob Kemp

GAME FIVE – SUNS 115, LAKERS 85

BOTTOMLINE
        *MONTY WILLIAMS SHOULD AT LEAST BE QUESTIONED FOR LEAVING CHRIS PAUL ON THE FLOOR TOO LONG: With the Suns up 78-45 with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter, Paul took a hit in the area of his injured right shoulder on a Wesley Matthews foul. After a time out, Paul made the two free throws before going to the locker room for further examination. He did return to the bench area later in the half but did not play.
        *THE SUNS PLAYED A NEAR PERFECT FIRST HALF AGAINST THE SHORTHANDED LAKERS WHO WERE WITHOUT THE INJURED ANTHONY DAVIS: The Suns led 66-36 at halftime. Over the first 24 minutes, the Suns made 26 of 48 field goal attempts (54.1 percent) and eight of 18 from behind the arc (44.4 percent) with 16 assists and one turnover.
        *DEVIN BOOKER WAS AGGRESSIVE FROM THE OPENING TIP: He scored 18 points over the first 13:23 igniting the Suns to a 40-26 lead. In 33 minutes, Booker finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, five assists and just one turnover.
        *SPEAKING OF TURNOVERS, THE SUNS HAD FOUR, FOR THE GAME: Show me a team with 29 assists and four turnovers and I will show you the winning team.
        *LEBRON JAMES IS ONE LOSS FROM BEING ELIMINATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE OPENING ROUND: The last two games are the first time James has ever lost consecutive games in the first round. Also, the 30-point halftime deficit on Tuesday night was the largest of his playoff career.
        *THE LAKERS HAVE BEEN BAD WITHOUT ANTHONY DAVIS AGAINST ELITE OPPONENTS: They are now 1-7 this season without Davis against playoff teams.