PHOENIX - MAY 23: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns adjusts his glasses during Game Three of the Western Conference finals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on May 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 118-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Suns Also Rise: Amare's 42 Helps Phoenix Down L.A., 118-109

Amare Stoudemire erupted for career playoff- high-tying 42 points to go with 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns climbed back into the Western Conference finals with a 118-109 Game 3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Bright Side Of The Sun: Amare's Redemption

Suns’ blog Bright Side of the Sun know that Amare Stoudamire has been hearing it for a while now. Tonight’s 42-point performance in Phoenix’s 118-109 win over Los Angeles quieted the doubts and the naysayers.

Amare has heard just about enough from all you (us) doubters. He brought his Bully Ball to the game tonight and finished with 42 points and 11 rebounds to shut up a lot of haters.

The Suns got it done despite only shooting 25% from three thanks in large part to aggressively attacking the paint which lead to 41 FTA’s; Robin Lopez’ incredibly awesome play; and a zone defense that managed to keep the Lakers out of the paint and off the line.

A sweet, sweet win for sure and you can easily take solace in the fact that the Suns were able to win without hot long range bombing. On the other hand, can that much zone really work for three more wins?

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Stoudamire Erupts For 42, Suns Get Back Into Series With 118-109 Win Over Lakers

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire erupted for career playoff- high-tying 42 points to go with 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns climbed back into the Western Conference finals with a 118-109 Game 3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Suns were abused down in the post in losing the first two games in LA, but Stoudemire’s valiant effort, coupled with a 37-of-42 showing from the free throw line, helped Phoenix cut its series deficit to 2-1.

Robin Lopez put in 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Jason Richardson added 19 points and Steve Nash contributed his usual 17 points and 15 assists for the Suns, who won the fourth quarter, 32-25.

Kobe Bryant finished with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which committed 17 turnovers compared to just seven for Phoenix.

Pau Gasol scored 23 points to go with nine rebounds, and Derek Fisher netted 18 points for the Lakers, who had their eight-game winning streak broken.

Lamar Odom, after averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds in the first two games in LA, had just 10 and six before fouling out.

Game 4 of the series will be in Phoenix on Tuesday.

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