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Kobe Can Pass, Too: Team Effort Propels Lakers To 2-0 Series Lead Over Suns

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, and deferred to his teammates to the tune of a career playoff-high 13 assists, as the Lakers rolled once again over Phoenix, 124-112, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center.

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Bright Side Of The Sun: Phoenix Done In By Momentum Swing

At the end of the third quarter in Wednesday’s Western Conference Finals Game 2, the Lakers and Suns were tied 90-90. Then Leandro Barbosa got knocked out of the game by Lamar Odom and all of a sudden that seemed to spark Laker momentum that propelled them to a 124-112 victory.

The Lakes tore off to a 18-7 start in the 4th as Farmar and Pau and Kobe and Odom and Brown all scored while the Suns committed 5 turnovers and went cold from the field. It was about that time that Mr. Ric Bucher tweeted:

“The Lakers aren’t beating the Suns, the Suns are beating the Suns.”

It was true in a way and incorrect in another. The Suns had minimal success in the paint. They were getting minimal stops. But the Lakers were owning it on both ends of the court. They played great defense and took the Suns completely out of their game. Amare looked either confused or disinterested. Depended on the play.

The Lakers followed with a 9-0 run. The Suns were finished.

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Lakers Pull Away Late, Beat Suns 124-112 To Take 2-0 Series Lead

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, and deferred to his teammates to the tune of a career playoff-high 13 assists, as the Lakers rolled once again over Phoenix, 124-112, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center.

Pau Gasol was the benefactor of Bryant’s charity, scoring a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Ron Artest scored 18 points and Lamar Odom, after being called “lucky” by Suns forward Amare Stoudemire for his play in Game 1, notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lakers won their 10th straight home playoff game and eighth straight postseason contest overall. Game 3 shifts to the Valley of the Sun on Sunday.

Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Grant Hill added 23 for the Suns, who were outscored 34-22 in the final period. Stoudemire scored 18 points with six rebounds and Steve Nash added 11 points and 15 assists in defeat.

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