Alex Caruso
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Alex Caruso played a key role in helping the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Phoenix Suns, a team that is currently in the second place in the Western Conference.

The 27-year-old point guard finished the game with 17 points and 8 assists in 32 minutes of play as he assumed the role of a primary ball handler in the absence of LeBron James and Dennis Schroder.

“We’re good as team. When we’re fully healthy, we got our guys rolling, I still think we’re the best team in the world,” Caruso said after the win over the Suns.

“I know haven’t showed it this year. But it’s been a long season. It’s been a grind. We’re going to continue to fight to get to where we need to be for when playoffs start because that’s when it’s really important.

“I think these last two games you can see how concentrated AD was, you can see how concentrated our team was. We’re locking in, we’re getting ready for the long road ahead.”