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Phoenix Suns hold off Los Angeles Lakers to even Playoff series

Photo: May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) hangs in the air as he looks for a teammate to pass the ball to as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) moves in to defend during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns withheld a Los Angeles Lakers late comeback to secure a 100-92 victory over the defending champions in Game 4 of the Western Conference NBA playoff series.

Chris Paul and Devin Booker combined for 35 points with the veteran guard, who was listed questionable prior to Game 4, registering 18 points, nine assists and zero turnovers. Booker scored 17, while Jae Crowder had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Crowder hit a huge three-pointer from the corner with the less than 1:30 remaining for the regulation to put the Suns in a double-figure lead (98-88) again.

The Lakers missed Anthony Davis with an injury during the game, which LeBron James dominated by scoring a game-high 25 points to add to his 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Both teams will face each other again on Tuesday for critical Game 5 with the series heading back to Phoenix.

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