Phoenix Wins Game Three Over Los Angeles
POSTED: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:36pm
Amare Stoudemire answered his critics with anexclamation point, and there will be no sweep in the Western
Conference finals. Stoudemire matched his career playoff high with 42 points, 29 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the Phoenix Suns to a 118-109 victory Sunday night that cut the Los Angeles Lakers' lead in the series to 2-1. The Suns can pull even with a victory at home in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Phoenix, dominated inside in the first two games, won with its big men, and a big advantage at the free throw line. Robin Lopez, whose 7-foot presence gave the Suns some much-needed toughness inside, scored 20 on 8-of-10 shooting in 31 minutes, by far his most playing time since returning from a back injury at the start of the series. Phoenix made 37-of-42 free throws, 14 of 18 by Stoudemire. The Lakers were 16 of 20 at the line.
Kobe Bryant had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol scored 23 points, but the Lakers didn't get as much help from their supporting cast as they did in the first two games.