While Stoudemire Dominated, Richardson and Lopez Sparked Suns in Game 3

May 24th, 2010 by Jeff Newton Leave a reply »
Amar'e Stoudemire, with his 42 minute display of quick first steps and silky mid-range jumpers, owned the stage on Sunday night. Phoenix's second half zone defense, which caused the Lakers fits in Game 3, also gave home fans a reason to smile as they exited U.S. Airways Arena.

On an evening where both sides' big names (Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for the Lakers, Steve Nash and Stoudemire for the Suns) came to play, and where Alvin Gentry looked like the smartest man in the building, Phoenix wrestled the game away from L.A. over the final eight minutes. 

While Nash, Gentry, and Amar'e deserve their pub, the Suns created separation with the help of some lesser known starters. 

Jason Richardson and Robin Lopez contributed 39 combined points, and a handful of big buckets, in Phoenix's first win of the series.

Lopez discovered a scoring touch over the seven weeks he was sidelined with a back injury. The center, who suited up for the first time since March 26 in Game 1, has quietly pitched in 13.7 points/game, on 76 percent shooting, in this series.

It's a welcome addition to his solid game. Lopez, in his second NBA seas ...

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