Booker leads Suns to NBA win over Lakers

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Devin Booker continued to distance himself from a hamstring injury that cost him seven games, scoring 24 points with nine rebounds and seven assists as the Phoenix Suns earned a 108-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Booker played 32 minutes and went 8 of 16 from the field one game after he was on the court for 26 minutes in his return on Sunday during a blowout victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Mikal Bridges scored 14 as the Suns won their fourth consecutive game and improved to 2-2 on the road since the end of their 18-game winning streak December 3.

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their third consecutive game as coach Frank Vogel remained in health and safety protocols for the second straight.

Four Lakers players also are in protocols, including starting guard Avery Bradley.

Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without star Anthony Davis for the second consecutive game.

Davis is expected to miss at least four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

James injured his left ankle with 6 minutes 5 seconds remaining in the third quarter when he came down on the right foot of the Suns' Jae Crowder.

He remained in the game but looked hobbled the rest of the way.

Tyler Herro had 26 points in his return from a three-game NBA absence with a bruised thigh to help the Miami Heat roll past the Indiana Pacers 125-96.

Miami tied a franchise record with 22 made 3-pointers, the fourth time the Heat have hit that many.

Duncan Robinson also scored 26 points to match a season high for the Heat.

Max Strus scored 18 points, and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for Miami.

Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert each scored 17 for the Pacers, who lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first half with more soreness in his right achilles.

It was the first game back for Indiana coach Rick Carlisle, who entered the league's health and safety protocols on December 9 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Julius Randle and Kemba Walker each had 21 and New York won at home for the first time in almost a month, beating Detroit 105-91.

Mitchell Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had dropped five straight at Madison Square Garden since beating the Lakers on November 23. They are just 6-10 at home.

Walker was out of the rotation entirely but started a second straight game with six players in health and safety protocols and Derrick Rose out again with ankle soreness.

The Knicks won for only the third time in 11 games overall.

Brandon Ingram had 28 points, Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 22 of his 27 in the second half as New Orleans beat Portland 111-97 for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Josh Hart added 20 points for the Pelicans, who shot 52.5 per cent while winning for the eighth time in 13 games following a 3-16 start all while awaiting the return of All-Star forward Zion Williamson from an off-season foot injury.

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-102.

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