May 18, 2010

Lakers Squash Suns in Game 1 of WCF

What defense?

The first game of the Western Conference Finals agains the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns was marked by a high-scoring outcome and both teams combining to shoot better than 50% from the field-- something that's uncharacteristic from NBA playoff basketball.

In the end the Lakers took the game with a 128-107 victory over the Suns. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 40 points, his 11th 40-point playoff game. Pau Gasol had 21 and Lamar Odom had 19 point to go with his 19 rebounds, also another game high.

The Lakers dominated the glass and made the Suns frontline look like guards, as no Phoenix player had double figures in rebounds. Heck, All-Star Amare Stoudemire had a platry 3-rebound performance.

Almost every NBA expert had expected the Lakers to exploit their size advantage over the Suns, whose roster only has center Robin Lopez over seven feet. What most people did not expect is how the Lakers bigs complemented another dominating game by Kobe Bryant, despite being injured for most of the playoffs.

The win shows that the Lakers made some adjustments to the Suns run and gun play and gave them a dose of their own medicine

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