Backed by Anthony Davis, the Hot Lakers visit the Suns

Anthony Davis is enjoying his best run of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers aim to extend their season-long winning streak to four games on Tuesday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns.

Davis had not reached the 30-point mark prior to the current round but averaged 35 points a game over the period after exits of 37, 38 and 30 points.

Davis also averaged 17.3 rebounds during a period the Lakers played without LeBron James (closeup), who was listed as questionable on Tuesday and could miss his fifth straight game.

Los Angeles coach Darvin Hamm said the club would continue to be careful with James. He sees no reason to rush things with the season up to 20 percent.

“There’s no need to be in a hurry,” Hamm said. “He’s definitely going to play a lot of games this season. It’s November.

“We have time on our side… We just want to be as careful as we can be. So, again, it doesn’t turn into something he’s been dealing with constantly all season.”

Russell Westbrook was also sick after spraining his right thumb during Sunday’s game. But post-game X-rays were negative, and Westbrook did not appear on Monday’s injury report, suggesting he would play on Tuesday.

In the Lakers’ 123-92 defeat of the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Davis scored 30 points and equaled his season-best 18 rebounds in just 27 minutes and 46 seconds on the court. The team reported Monday that the performance marks the first time Laker has combined 30 points and 15 rebounds in less than 30 minutes of play since Wilt Chamberlain did so in 1969.

He also became just the third player in Lakers history to record 30 points and 15 rebounds in three straight games, joining Shaquille O’Neal and Elgin Baylor.

“Everyone’s confidence is very high, while not getting too high,” Davies said. “I feel good to get three in a row. Now we just have to take it to the road. We have to make some more wins together.”

After all, the Lakers started the season 0-5, winning just two of their first 12 games before their current three-game winning streak.

Los Angeles opens a three-game road against the Suns, the team they struggled with last season. Phoenix went 4-0 against the Lakers with the win averaging 17 points.

The Lakers complete the short trip with back-to-back contests in San Antonio on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Suns are expected to be without point guard Chris Paul (heel) for the seventh straight game. Phoenix coach Monty Williams said the team will continue to be vigilant about the 37-year-old’s health.

Cameron Payne continues to step up in place of Paul and scores 21 points in Sunday’s 116-95 home victory over the New York Knicks.

Payne topped 20 points four times through the stretch while averaging 20.2 points and 6.3 assists. He also hit 20-of-44 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range while thriving as a starter.

“I feel like I’m going to be in there for a while longer, you can see the whole game of the way I play,” said Payne. “You see the whole game rather than just a snippet. Like 12 minutes. So being on the ground definitely helped me, playing through mistakes.”

Phoenix is ​​8-1 at home – the Lakers are 0-5 on the road – but has stumbled since opening the season with six wins in seven games.

The Suns are only 4-5 from a solid start but haven’t been able to maintain it with Paul, forward Cameron Johnson (knee) and backup guard Landry Shamet (concussion) out of the lineup.

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