PHOENIX SUNS

Suns doomed by 18 points in 18 minutes of a Game 3 loss to Lakers

May 27, 2021, 9:47 PM | Updated: 9:48 pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A messy third quarter doomed the Phoenix Suns, who dropped Game 3 of the playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers 109-95 on Thursday night.

The series now stands at 2-1 Lakers.

Across 18 minutes of play from the start of the second quarter to the mid-third quarter, the Suns were only able to put up 18 points.

Deandre Ayton continued his strong playoff showing and pushed the Suns through the slog, posting 11 of the 18 Suns’ points made during that stretch.

Meanwhile, the Lakers were able to advantage of Phoenix’s shooting cold snap to take a double-digit lead.

At the half, the Lakers led by just three. But by the end of the third, Los Angeles held a 13-point lead thanks largely to stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Three free throws by Cam Johnson attempted to shake the Suns out of their rut, but the team still struggled to find shots.

The Suns came within eight points near the end of the fourth quarter, but ultimately weren’t able to overcome the Lakers’ lead.

Devin Booker had his worst game of the series thus far. In Game 3, Booker shot 6-of-19 from the field with six assists and four turnovers over 41 minutes.

Booker and Jae Crowder were ejected from the game with 35 seconds left.

Ayton’s 22 points and 11 rebounds on 11-for-15 shooting was the lone bright spot of the evening for the Suns.

The Suns will look to even the series on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. Tune to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station for all the action.

Phoenix Suns

Kevin Durant and Devin Booker look on...

Tyler Drake

Suns’ Kevin Durant earns All-NBA 2nd Team honors, Devin Booker named to 3rd Team

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant and guard Devin Booker picked up All-NBA honors on Wednesday, the league announced.

15 hours ago

Follow @KellanOlson...

Kellan Olson

Valley Suns reopen avenue for development through G League

The Suns have to maximize every possibility for improving their roster and they reopened one of those avenues with a G League franchise.

17 hours ago

Valley Suns G League team logo...

Arizona Sports

New G League team Valley Suns to play at Mullett Arena in Tempe

The Phoenix Suns announced that their new G League franchise will be called the Valley Suns and will play at Mullett Arena in Tempe.

21 hours ago

Suns president of basketball ops and GM James Jones...

Kellan Olson

New Suns assistant GM will be ‘tremendous asset’ through limitations

The Phoenix Suns will not be going through a regular offseason this summer and innovative thinking is critical.

2 days ago

Devin Booker...

Dan Bickley

It’s on Devin Booker to shift Suns’ course, compete with NBA’s next generation

Devin Booker needs to change course and focus. He needs to play at an MVP level to help the Suns compete with the NBA's next generation.

2 days ago

Suns G League...

Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns making G League announcement at Tempe’s Mullett Arena

The Phoenix Suns will be making an announcement regarding their new G League franchise on Wednesday morning at Mullett Arena in Tempe.

2 days ago

Suns doomed by 18 points in 18 minutes of a Game 3 loss to Lakers