The Phoenix Suns, led by Amare Stoudemire's 42 points and 11 rebounds, led the Suns to a 118-109 victory Sunday night over the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers in front of a sell out crowd of 18,422 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. The Lakers now lead the series two games on one.
"You can never question my determination," Stoudemire said at the Suns post game conference. "My focus, my dedication, that's one of the reasons I've persevered through injuries and continue to improve every summer. My dedication to the game is at an all time high."
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Robin Lopez is the big man the Suns needed against the talented Lakers. The seven foot Lopez scored 20 points while grabbing 11 rebounds to give the Suns a two man punch in the paint.
"They attacked the hoop today," Laker coach Phil Jackson said at the Laker post game conference." We (Lakers) seemed to be staying home on the three point shooters, and Stoudmire and Lopez had a night for them." "We certainly didn't come out to play the way I wanted," Jackson said," and we certainly didn't play the way I wanted at the end."
The Suns went to a zone defense and it seemed to confuse the World Champs. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 36 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds. Paul Gasol chipped in with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Ron Artest had an off shooting night going 4-13 from the floor and finishing with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lamar Odom also had a tough night shooting 4-14 from the floor and finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Phoenix 's Jason Richardson had 19 points to go with his 3 rebounds and Steve Nash contributed 17 points and 15 assists with only one turnover in one second shy of 38 minutes of play. Grant Hill chipped in with 5 points but grabbed 9 rebounds.
The series resumes Tuesday night in Phoenix . In other NBA news the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Mike Brown after five years.