Monty Williams Blasts Officiating in Suns’ Loss After Lakers Shoot 46 Free Throws

Monty Williams Blasts Officiating in Suns’ Loss After Lakers Shoot 46 Free Throws

Joel Reyes
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
  • The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their playoff hopes with a win over the Phoenix Suns
  • The Suns complained about the officiating, with the Lakers shooting way more free throws
  • Austin Reaves impressed as a starter for the Los Angeles team as they won yet again

The Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to two games with a 122-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lakers, who improved their record to 36-37.

They are now tied for ninth place in the Western Conference with just nine games remaining on their schedule.

Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns
Austin Reaves of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns on March 22. Image: Juan Ocampo.
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Suns coach, Monty Williams was furious with the officials, telling reporters about the 'unfair officiating' in recent games against his team.

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He was mad about the huge free throw disparity, with the Lakers having 26 more free throw attempts than the Phoenix team.

Williams questions Lakers' free throws

The Lakers attempted 46 free throws on Wednesday, while the Suns only had 20, per ESPN.

Williams pointed out that the Suns’ bench didn’t attempt free throws against the Lakers. That contributed to Los Angeles' win as they outscored Phoenix by 21 points in that department.

Chris Paul echoed his coach’s sentiment, saying they had seen 'some crazy stuff' in different situations.

The player added that he watches a lot of basketball and noted that Booker did not see the same calls even though he goes to the rim night in and night out.

The Suns have been called for 31 personal fouls in their last two outings.

Reaves delivers as a starter

It was a significant victory for the Lakers, who finally snapped their six-game losing streak against the Suns. Austin Reaves delivered after being inserted into the starting lineup, registering a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists.

Reaves benefited from the referees' calls, attempting 13 free throws against the Suns. He shot a career-high 18 free throws in the Lakers’ last game against the Orlando Magic.

Lakers set record in win

Sports Brief recently reported on the Lakers’ win over the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis and Malik Beasley combined for 59 points in the win.

The Lakers also set a new franchise record for threes in a single half.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.