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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, Western Conference Finals, Game 6

Information about game 6 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 4 - 2 Phoenix Suns

GAME 6: L.A. Lakers 111 - Phoenix Suns 103

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 37 Odom: 12 Farmar: 5
Suns Stoudemire: 27 Frye: 13 Nash: 9
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 37 28 26 20 111
PHO 34 19 21 29 103
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference Finals vs. Phoenix Suns Game 6
Picture Gallery (LAT)

May 29 - Phoenix. With another superb performance by Kobe Bryant the Lakers defeated the Suns 111-103 at Phoenix and arrived to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row, where they will face the Boston Celtics once again,

Kobe had 37 points and while Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom had a hard time on the offensive end, Ron Artest had a 2010 playoff-high 25 points, making 10 of 16 shots that included 4-of-7 three pointers.

The Lakers led by as many as 18 late in the second quarter and had everything under control until the end of the third. They started the final period up by 17, 91-74 but the Suns made one last effort to save their season and with all their reserves plus Stoudemire (27 points but 7-for-20 shooting and just 4 rebounds) went into a 16-4 run to get to 90-95 with six minutes left. Almost 4 minutes later Steve Nash two-point shot closed the gap to just 3 points, 96-99 with 2:18 remaining. But then Kobe's time began. He made a 21-foot jumper over two defenders and two free throws to calm things down, a couple of possessions later he made another impossible long shot over Grant Hill to make it 107-100. The best closer in the game had 9 points in the final 2 minutes and with his 10th 30-point game in the last 11 he moved ahead of Jerry West and into a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second-most 30-point playoff games at 75.

Slovenian fellows Sasha Vujacic and Goran Dragic had a personal duel that started in game 5. Here it included a flagrant foul for Sasha after he throw an arm to the face of Dragic as a reaction for words that only they understood with 11:18 to play

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher will be in their seventh NBA finals in search of their fifth championship.

The Lakers and Celtics, the last two champions and members of the NBA's biggest rivalry, will meet in the finals for the 12th time. Game 1 is Thursday at Staples Center. The format will be 2-3-2, the middle three games in Boston.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "With a 3-point shooting team like Phoenix, you know that any lead is not impossible." "Kobe was the man tonight."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "We'll see how much we matured. They (the Celtics) challenged us extremely well in the finals a couple years ago. Now is a chance to see how much we've grown."

Lamar Odom (Lakers): Kobe's so good, he makes incredible normal for us."

Steve Nash (Suns): "Those aren't shooters shots, they're scorers shots. Those are best-player-in-the-game type shots." "You might say we overachieved, but we're a good team."

Alvin Gentry (Suns): "I always thought he (Kobe) was the best player in basketball."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 37 6 2 2 -  
Ron Artest 25 4 2 3 -  
Derek Fisher 11 2 3 - -  
Andrew Bynum 10 6 - - 2  
Jordan Farmar 8 2 5 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Jason Richardson 13 1 - - -  
A. Stoudemire 27 4 - 3 2  
Steve Nash 21 5 9 - -  
Channing Frye 12 13 1 - 1  
Goran Dragic 12 2 2 - -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 41 10-16 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 2 3 0 0 1 +2 25
Pau Gasol, PF 41 2-9 0-0 5-6 3 4 7 2 0 1 2 5 +1 9
Andrew Bynum, C 20 3-5 0-0 4-5 2 4 6 0 0 2 1 4 +3 10
Kobe Bryant, SG 41 12-25 3-8 10-11 2 4 6 2 2 0 2 1 +19 37
Derek Fisher, PG 31 4-9 0-4 3-3 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 4 -1 11
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 35 3-12 0-0 0-1 5 7 12 3 1 0 1 4 +12 6
Shannon Brown, PG 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 -3 0
Sasha Vujacic, SG 11 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 +1 5
Jordan Farmar, PG 17 3-4 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 2 +6 8
Josh Powell, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Luke Walton, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 39-83 10-24 23-28 14 27 41 18 6 3 9 23   111
Percentages:   47.0% 41.7% 82.1%
PHOENIX SUNS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Grant Hill, SF 22 2-7 1-2 1-1 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 5 -5 6
Amare Stoudemire, PF 43 7-20 0-1 13-15 2 2 4 0 3 2 3 4 -8 27
Robin Lopez, C 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 -8 0
Steve Nash, PG 30 8-11 2-5 3-3 0 5 5 9 0 0 2 2 -12 21
Jason Richardson, SG 29 3-7 2-6 5-6 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 -14 13
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Channing Frye, C 40 5-7 2-4 0-0 2 11 13 1 0 1 1 3 0 12
Leandro Barbosa, SG 19 3-9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 +6 7
Louis Amundson, C 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jared Dudley, SF 26 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 0 -3 3
Goran Dragic, PG 18 5-9 0-3 2-2 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 +4 12
Jarron Collins, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Earl Clark, F DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 35-75 9-26 24-29 8 23 31 19 4 6 11 19   103
Percentages: 46.7% 34.6% 82.8%

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