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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, Western Conference Finals, Game 2

Information about game 2 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns series in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.

Los Angeles Lakers

2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 128, Suns 107 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 124, Suns 112 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Suns 118, Lakers 109 at Phoenix   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Suns 115, Lakers 106 at Phoenix   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 103, Suns 101 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Lakers 111, Suns 103 at Phoenix   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 2 - 0 Phoenix Suns

GAME 2: L.A. Lakers 124 - Phoenix Suns 112

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Gasol: 29 Odom: 11 Bryant: 13
Suns Richardson: 27 Lopez/Stoudemire: 6 Nash: 15
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 36 29 25 34 124
PHO 24 32 34 22 112
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference Finals vs. Phoenix Suns Game 2
Picture Gallery (LAT)

May 19 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. Pau Gasol scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter while the Lakers destroyed the Suns hopes and with a 124-112 win to took a 2-0 command of the Western Conference Finals.

After Kobe Bryant scored 40 points in game 1, Phoenix tried to stop him sending two defenders at him. But Kobe routinely found the open teammate to get a playoff career-high 13 assists to go with his 21 points. His synchronization with Pau was almost perfect and when they couldn't get inside the Lakers shot from long distance with a 56.3 accuracy (9-for-16) including 3-of-6 by Ron Artest whose three-pointers are finally falling and 3-of-3 by Jordan Farmar.

Jason Richardson had 27 points and Jared Dudley made all his five 3-point attempts for the Suns, who played better, finding their rhythm for extended periods of time, particularly in the third quarter when they erased what once was a 14-point deficit, and outscored L.A. 34-25 to tie the game and enter the fourth 90-90. But then once again the Lakers were the running and shooting team. Their defense was excellent and the ball movement was even better. Everything starts with Kobe Bryant recognizing the opportunities but Pau Gasol's fantastic vision of the game and his passing capabilities have a lot to do with it.

Amare Stoudemire, said after game 1 that Odom's 19-point, 19-rebounds performance playing basically against him was "a lucky game" but Odom answered by filling his stat sheet with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Steve Nash, defended by Derek Fisher and Farmar ended with 11 points and 13 assists.

Andrew Bynum played less than 20 minutes for the second consecutive game. limited by his knee injury that won't have a solution until the season ends, but when he is on the floor his big presence make things harder for the Suns

Kobe's streak of six straight 30-point games came to and end but it was in the Lakers eight straight playoff win. The crowd at Staples Center chanted "We want Boston!" referring to the possibility of a rematch of the 2008 Finals. Boston is playing the Eastern Finals and so far they have defeated the Magic twice at Orlando.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "That was a good way to finish the ball game for us. They got their offensive machine kind of rolling out there and we had to find a way to buckle down."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "It makes the game a lot easier to have Pau inside to catch and complete plays. We're extremely well-versed in playing against teams that double and zone, things like that."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): ""I was being effective and just finishing plays. We just continued to go to it because it was working pretty well for us." about the two-man plays with Kobe.

Alvin Gentry (Suns Coach): "We can't slow them down, I thought we played well offensively, but every time we tried to make an adjustment to slow them down offensively, they would go somewhere else. There's a good reason they're the world champs, but we'll keep plugging away, keep trying."

Steve Nash (Suns): "We still scored enough points tonight, but when they can score 120-something, that's asking the offense to score too much, if we're going to beat them, we've got to find a way to slow them down."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Pau Gasol 29 9 5 1 2  
Kobe Bryant 21 5 13 - 1  
Ron Artest 18 5 3 2 -  
Lamar Odom 17 11 4 3 1  
Andrew Bynum 13 7 - 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Jason Richardson 27 3 1 2 -  
Grant Hill 23 4 3 - -  
A. Stoudemire 18 6 1 - 2 5 TO
Jared Dudley 15 5 4 3 -  
Steve Nash 11 3 15 - 1 5 TO

Complete Boxscore

PHOENIX SUNS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Grant Hill, SF 32 10-17 0-2 3-3 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 4 -6 23
Amare Stoudemire, PF 41 7-14 0-1 4-7 3 3 6 1 0 2 5 5 -14 18
Robin Lopez, C 18 2-4 0-0 3-3 3 3 6 0 0 0 1 1 -8 7
Steve Nash, PG 36 4-8 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 15 0 1 5 1 -9 11
Jason Richardson, SG 36 10-17 3-7 4-4 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 -12 27
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Channing Frye, C 9 0-5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 -1 0
Leandro Barbosa, SG 12 1-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 3
Louis Amundson, C 11 1-2 0-0 3-5 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 2 -7 5
Jared Dudley, SF 30 5-6 5-5 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 0 1 6 +2 15
Goran Dragic, PG 16 1-6 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 -5 3
Jarron Collins, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Earl Clark, F DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 41-83 10-24 20-26 9 25 34 29 7 4 17 26   112
Percentages: 49.4% 41.7% 76.9%
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 40 6-9 3-6 3-4 1 4 5 3 2 0 2 4 +6 18
Pau Gasol, PF 44 11-19 0-0 7-10 3 6 9 5 1 2 3 2 +18 29
Andrew Bynum, C 18 5-5 0-0 3-4 3 4 7 0 1 0 1 4 -2 13
Kobe Bryant, SG 43 8-18 1-3 4-4 2 3 5 13 0 1 2 2 +14 21
Derek Fisher, PG 34 2-8 1-3 2-4 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 2 +4 7
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 33 7-10 0-0 3-4 3 8 11 4 3 1 2 3 +8 17
Shannon Brown, PG 13 2-4 1-1 3-4 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 +4 8
Jordan Farmar, PG 14 4-5 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 +8 11
Josh Powell, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Luke Walton, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Sasha Vujacic, SG DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 45-78 9-16 25-34 12 27 39 32 11 4 14 23   124
Percentages:   57.7% 56.3% 73.5%

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