The South Bay Lakers won their sixth consecutive game at the UCLA Health Training Center as they beat the Northern Arizona Suns, 126-109, on Friday night. Gary Payton II came a rebound shy of a triple-double for South Bay (8-5), as he finished with a season-best 37 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Daxter Miles Jr. paced the Suns (2-11) with a team-high 27 points.
Payton II and Jalen Lecque each scored 10 points in the opening frame and the Lakers were able to gain a 39-29 advantage after one. In the second quarter, it was Ahmed Hill who matched Payton II in scoring, as both players scored 12 points in the frame. The Lakers took a 73-69 lead into the half, their highest scoring first half of the season, behind 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists from Payton II.
South Bay took a 99-87 lead into the fourth quarter, as they held the Suns to only 18 points in the third quarter, and Devontae Cacok tallied six points and six rebounds in the frame. Payton II put the finishing touches on the win with 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers improved to 6-1 at home.
Miles Jr. led five Suns in double figures with 27 points, while Aaron Epps paced the bench unit with 18 points. Hill finished the night with 17 points and Lecque scored 14 points off the bench. Anthony Lawrence II also tallied double-digit scoring with 11 points. Jared Harper had eight points and 11 assists in the loss.
Payton II guided the shorthanded Lakers to the win with 37 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and one steal. Cacok recorded his 11th double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with two steals. Reggie Hearn did some of everything, tallying 21 points (5-10 3FG), eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Andre Ingram scored 15 points and finished a game-high +23. Kostas Antetokounmpo (12 points, eight rebounds), Travis Wear (12 points) and Marcus Allen (10 points) also finished in double figures for South Bay.
South Bay finishes their homestand when they host the Stockton Kings on Sunday, December 15 at 5:00pm from the UCLA Health Training Center.