The Denver Nuggets have won four of their last five games and they will be looking to build on Friday's 146-114 blowout win over the Pelicans.
Ball, who made waves on Friday by sporting a tight new haircut, finished with six points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Purple and Gold have lost five of their last six games after starting the season an encouraging 5-5, and they now rank 28th in the National Basketball Association with an offensive rating of 97.7. As a team, the Lakers shot 49 percent from the field and seven of 25 from the three-point line but they just came up against a determined Suns team led by 33 points from Devin Booker.
That's because Ball, the Lakers' often-criticized rookie point guard, walked right past the entire situation, opting to watch from afar. Phoenix led by nine when the Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued to harass point guard Tyler Ulis after a timeout had been called. Suns rookie Josh Jackson stormed into the fray a few seconds later.
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Lonzo Ball rushing to head coach Luke Walton's aid. Kyle Kuzma has 263 points in 505 minutes.
"We understand that those were two games that we definitely should have won", Ulis said.
According to Ulis, the Suns' strong effort was all about payback for two previous losses to the Lakers in the past month. His third quarter lob to Lopez for a two-handed dunk was perhaps the play of the night.
It has been a challenging season for the building programs in Chicago and Phoenix, but they will meet Sunday on a high.
For the second consecutive game between these two teams, a skirmish broke out between players. Most recently, it was a 100-93 win on the road.