By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Lakers suffered a tough road loss to Phoenix in the fifth game of the playoff series.
The Suns jumped out to a big first half lead and came away with a 115-85 win.
LeBron James did what he could scoring 24 points dishing out seven assists and grabbing five boards.
Its clear the team is LeBron dependent as there were only two teammates scored in double-figures.
Kyle Kuzma had 15 and Talen Horton-Tucker had 11 to go with 11 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Andre Drummond led all rebounders with 13.
They had a lousy second quarter with only 10 points and the first field goal coming at the 4.21 mark.
It had been the first time in yeas James had lost back to back play-off games in the same series.
“They were kicking our ass,” said LeBron in a post-game interview. ”At the end of the day it’s just one game. They held serve at home and now we go back and have the opportunity to even the series at home.”
Devin Booker lead all scorers led all scorers with 30 points five assists and seven rebounds.
The win gives the Suns a 3-2 series lead heading back to Staples Center.
The Suns shot 45 percent while connecting on 14 of 42 from behind the arc. The Lakers won the rebounding battle 51-47 but had 16 turnovers to the Suns 4.
The Suns were the better passing team on this night dishing out 29 assists to 14 for L.A.
Chris Paul himself was dealing with a sore shoulder he left the game around 5-minute mark in the third period.
The Lakers are in a must win game six to keep the title hopes alive. Earlier in the series they won their first home play-off game in seven years. Since last season was played in “The Bubble”.
LeBron has his mind set on returning home with or without the services of Davis. “My mindset is that he’s not going to play in game 6. I got into it prepared whose going to be in the lineup. KCP tried to give it a go tonight and it didn’t work out for him as well. He had to leave the game so my mindset is AD won’t be in game six. If something changes then we can go from there.”