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The Phoenix Suns are heading home with the series tied at 2-2 after a 100-92 victory in Los Angeles. Chris Paul looked back to his best as the Lakers were dealt a blow after Anthony Davis missed the second half with a groin injury.

The Suns used a 15-4 third quarter run to take command of the second half, after an opening two quarters that saw the LA lead stretch to 11.

Paul back to best after shoulder injury

Apart from the brief double digit lead for the Lakers in the second quarter, the Suns played the Lakers tight in the opening stanza. Chris Paul’s shoulder was evidently better, as his ball control and jump shot looked true from the start.

Groin injury kept Davis out for the seond half

Paul’s shoulder contusion, which he suffered in Game 1, has been the talk of the series, but unfortunately for the Lakers the focus may shift to Anthony Davis after going down with a groin injury right before half-time. Davis did not return, and the word out of the Lakers locker room was a strained left groin.

Suns sharing the scoring

There were six Suns in double figures, each of the starting five and Cameron Payne. Chris Paul led the way with 18 points, and nine assists as he put Phoenix fans minds at ease tonight by showing the shoulder injury is slowly fading. Jae Crowder and Devin Booker had 17.

Booker dropped 15 in the opening half, but let Chris Paul take the mic in to close the game. It will comfort the Suns top scorer to know he doesn’t have to come out every night and put up 30+ points to beat the Lakers. If Chris Paul plays like he did tonight the rest of the series Phoenix will be a tough team to beat in two of the next three games.

James not enough for Lakers late comeback bid

LeBron James dropped 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to led the Lakers, but in moments where you would expect James to take over in the absence of Davis one of the greatest of all time was missing. James scored 14 in the second half, but went quiet while the Suns piled up a 16 point third quarter lead.

The series heads back to Phoenix with the tide turning in favor of the Suns. Anthony Davis will be put through tests over the course of the next few days, as we head in to Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2.

The Phoenix Suns are heading home with the series tied at 2-2 after a 100-92 victory in Los Angeles. Chris Paul looked back to his best as the Lakers were dealt a blow after Anthony Davis missed the second half with a groin injury.

The Suns used a 15-4 third quarter run to take command of the second half, after an opening two quarters that saw the LA lead stretch to 11.

Paul back to best after shoulder injury

Apart from the brief double digit lead for the Lakers in the second quarter, the Suns played the Lakers tight in the opening stanza. Chris Paul’s shoulder was evidently better, as his ball control and jump shot looked true from the start.

Groin injury kept Davis out for the seond half

Paul’s shoulder contusion, which he suffered in Game 1, has been the talk of the series, but unfortunately for the Lakers the focus may shift to Anthony Davis after going down with a groin injury right before half-time. Davis did not return, and the word out of the Lakers locker room was a strained left groin.

Suns sharing the scoring

There were six Suns in double figures, each of the starting five and Cameron Payne. Chris Paul led the way with 18 points, and nine assists as he put Phoenix fans minds at ease tonight by showing the shoulder injury is slowly fading. Jae Crowder and Devin Booker had 17.

Booker dropped 15 in the opening half, but let Chris Paul take the mic in to close the game. It will comfort the Suns top scorer to know he doesn’t have to come out every night and put up 30+ points to beat the Lakers. If Chris Paul plays like he did tonight the rest of the series Phoenix will be a tough team to beat in two of the next three games.

James not enough for Lakers late comeback bid

LeBron James dropped 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to led the Lakers, but in moments where you would expect James to take over in the absence of Davis one of the greatest of all time was missing. James scored 14 in the second half, but went quiet while the Suns piled up a 16 point third quarter lead.

The series heads back to Phoenix with the tide turning in favor of the Suns. Anthony Davis will be put through tests over the course of the next few days, as we head in to Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2.

100-92

It's all over from LA. The Suns tie the series at two games a piece.

100-92

James in the paint

100-90

Craig down low stretches the lead back to 10

98-90

Caruso on the dash to the rack, finishes with the scoop

98-88

Crowder in the corner gives Phoenix a 10 point lead. That might have just sealed it for the Lakers.

95-88

James to the line, hits one of two, 2:30 to go in the fourth.

95-87

Gasol with his third three of the night.

95-84

Paul into the lane, he's got 18

93-84

Caruso drops a spot up three.

93-81

Booker out of the timeout with a long two .

91-81

James inside from the Gasol assist. Timeout Suns.

91-79

Under 5 to go in LA.

91-79

LeBron to the line off of a hard Crowder, hits two of two.

91-77

Bridges hit the three, and stops the Lakers run

88-77

Gasol from the top of the key.

88-74

Under 6 to go in the fourth quarter.

88-74

The basket was taken off the scoreboard, the foul was ruled on the floor.

88-76

Timeout in LA. James hit a lay up and got fouled, there will be a challenge to determine if the foul happened before the shot.

88-74

7 to go in the fourth quarter.

88-74

LeBron spinning hitting and drawing the foul in the lane. Misses the FT and he's got 18 on the night.

87-72

Schroder on the three ball .

87-69

Ayton taps in the lob from Paul.

85-69

Kuzma slashing to the bucket, gets the lay up to drop.

85-67

Paul on the pull up in the paint.

83-67

Payne gets into the paint and gets the roll with the finger roll.

81-67

James out of the break goes right to the rack

81-65

The Lakers have not been able respond after the Davis injury.

The third quarter is over from the Staples Center, Phoenix took control in the third quarter, and lead by 16.

81-65

Paul to the line, hits two of two. He's got 14 on the night.

79-65

Morris to the line gets one of two.

79-64

Crowder going to the iron in transition. He's in double figures.

77-64

Paul flips it up and off the glass on the lay up

75-64

Gasol hit one of two from the line.

75-63

James on the runner from the right side.

75-61

James hits one of two from the line.

75-60

Payne on the reverse and the Suns lead by 15, largest lead of the night.

73-60

4:00 to go in the third quarter. Payne two the line hits two of two.

71-60

Payne down the left side on a scoop and score.

69-60

Morris fouled on the baseline drive. Hits both FTs for his first points.

69-58

Ayton fouled by Drummond, goes to the line and hits one of two.

68-58

Drummond slams home an easy deuce of the feed from Schroder.

68-56

Caruso with a couple FTs. 7:30 to go in the third.

69-54

BREAKING NEWS: Anthony Davis is out for the rest of the game with a left groin strain.

69-54

15-4 run for the Suns out of the timeout, Ayton has been huge out of the gate in the third. Davis remains in the locker room.

69-54

Paul on the fader from outside the lane, and Frank Vogel wants a timeout.

67-54

Paul gets into the lane, and finishes in the paint.

65-54

Bridges on the three ball.

62-54

Kuzma stretching to the iron with the left hand.

62-52

Ayton on the drive, spin and slam.

60-52

Kuzma to the line, hits two of two.

Davis is still in the locker room getting treatment on what appears to be a left leg injury.

60-50

Ayton back to the bucket, finishes off the glass.

58-50

Ayton down the lane, Paul with the assist.

56-50

Crowder to the line hits both two FTs. Largest lead of the game for the Suns

54-50

Davis was hurt on a drive in the second quarter, went to the halftime break limping. We will keep you up to date on his status for the rest of the game.

54-50

We are back in play form the Staples Center, Crowder will go to the line after getting fouled from three point range.

The higlight of the night, and maybe of the entire first round.

Booker is the leading scorer through two quarter.

54-50

This game is even not just on the scoreboard but on the stat sheet as well. Both teams are shooting around 40 %, the Suns and the Lakers are also almost even on the batle of the boards, LA leading 27-25

54-50

LeBron has 11 to lead the Lakers through two quarters.

54-50

Booker is the leading scorer with 15 points at the half.

54-50

Halftime from  the Staples Center, with the Suns leading 54-50 in Game 4.

54-50

Bridges in the corner from deep.

51-50

Paul, this time from the field, with a quick four points, he's got 6 on the night.

49-50

Davis on a step back mid range jumper.

49-48

Paul hits both FTs.

47-48

Bridges with a long ball, Under two to go in the first half.

44-48

Caruso off the glass and James with the Alley oop finish.

44-46

Caruso  drops the three pointer.

44-43

Booker to the line, drops one of two.

43-43

Matthews connects on the three off the assist from James.

43-40

Crowder on the long ball

40-40

Booker to the line ties up the game with two FTs

38-40

Crowder with a spot up three in transition.

35-40

Crowder down low off the feed from Paul

33-40

McLemore with a long three ball

33-37

Johnson in the corner with the three ball.

30-37

Booker leaning on the perimeter to sink the shot, draw the foul and hit the FT.

27-37

Drummond hits one of two from the line.

27-36

Payne gets the bucket to stop the Lakers run.

25-36

Kuzma drives and lays off the glass. 10-0 run for the Lakers.

25-34

James spins and slams in tranistion. Highlight play from LeBron.

25-32

McLemore hits a second straight three for the Lakers. Timeout Phoenix.

25-29

Kuzma with a long ball!

25-26

Johnson getting to the iron

23-26

Davis on the alley oop out of the quarter change.

23-24

Gasol gets the follow up just before the buzzer sounds. Lakers lead by one after one.

23-22

Booker to the line give Phoenix the lead.

21-22

Shroder on a runner in the lane and then a long range effort for 5 quick points.

21-17

Craig form the top of the key. Suns on a 8-0 run

18-17

Payne off the bench and on the socrebord with a three ball .

15-17

Timeout Lakers.

15-17

Booker slithering though the defense, hits the elbow jumper.

13-17

Gasol off the bench and drains a three ball

13-14

Davis hits a turn around floater from the baseline.

13-12

Booker catch and shoot three from the far side.

10-12

Crowder driving from the left side kisses it off the glass out of the timeout.

8-12

LeBron on the fast break off the dish from Schroder. Timeout Suns with under 7 to go in the first quarter.

8-10

Davis drains a three, he's got a quick 5 points.

8-7

Booker off the drive lays it up off the glass.

6-7

Matthews from the near side, for the game's first three.

6-4

Paul with a jumper outside the lane, good early sign for the Suns.

4-4

Davis to the line after the Crowder foul, hits both.

4-2

Ayton again under the basket. If he has a big game, the Lakers could be in trouble.

2-2

James goes coast to coast and lays it up in transition.

2-0

Caldwell-Pope is out for tonight's game.

2-0

Booker finds Ayton down low for the first basket of the night.

0-0

Anthony Davis sprained his knee in Game 3, and was listed as questionable. But he is out on the floor. And we are underway from the Staples Center.

Chris Paul was on the floor warming up, and will be playing tonight. Let's see if that shoulder is feelilng better tonight.

The rosters are being announced from the Staples, we are just minutes away from the start of Game 4.

The Pheonix Suns starting 5 for Game 4.

The Los Angeles Lakers staring 5

The Lakers are 6.5 point favorites according to Bet365.com. The Over/Under is 209.5

Game 4 of the Suns and the Lakers can be seen on ABC, with tip off in just 15 minutes

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left the game in the second half on Thursday is listed day-to-day after suffering a bruised left knee.

A little more than 20 minutes until tip off from the Staples Center.

Davis had 18 points in the third quarter of Game 3.

Anthony Davis entering the Staples Center with plenty of swag

The Jae Crowder - LeBron James match up heated up in Game 3, that will be a story to watch tonight.

Cameon Payne is on e of the keys to the Suns success. If he has a good night from field the Suns will have a good chance.

In Game 1 the Suns held LeBron and Davis to under 20 points. Will the Suns need a similar defensive performace to tie the series up tonight?

Anthony Davis has been the Lakers best player over the course of this series.

All eyes will be on Chris Paul, from the moment he comes out of the locker room to warm up, to the first few minutes of the game, to the final few minutes of the game. He has finished the last two games on the bench.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Staples Center. We are just over an hour away from tip off in Game 4 from LA.

Hello everyone and welcome to the Staples Center for Game 4 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs between the Lakers and the Suns.  AS English will be providing live updates, scores, stats, and highlights of tonights contest between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

After a Game 1 loss in Phoenix, the Lakers have responded by showing the rest of the league they are going to be one of the toughest seven seeds to eliminate in the history of the NBA.

Anthony Davis has been tremendous in his last two games, after calling himself out in the follow up of Game 1’s 13 point seven rebound performance. In the last two games Davis is averaging 34 points and 10 rebounds.

Devin Booker was fantastic in the first playoff games of his career, scoring over 30 points in each of the games in Phoenix. Last game he was silenced, and eventually tossed out of the game in the late stages of the fourth quarter.

The story coming into tonight, as it has been all series long is the status of Chris Paul’s shoulder. He hasn’t been the same revitalized Chris Paul that we saw throughout the course of the season because the right shoulder contusion has affected everything from his shot to his ball control.

James and Davis will be the focus of the Suns defense, but Dennis Schroder has had a solid series.

Deandre Ayton will have to step up like he did in Game 1, not just on the offensive end but limiting Anthony Davis’s production. The Suns are trying to avoid a three game losing streak that will put them against the ropes going into Game. 5.

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