Suns Defeat Lakers 119-110, Take Series 4-1
Pardon this short post today, but I don't have a lot of time to write about the whole game or analyze it in too much detail. For those of you who read this regularly though, I wanted to get the latest score up so you didn't have to go anywhere else to find it ;)
The Phoenix Suns appeared to have the game in hand right from he get-go, taking a 7-2 lead and really never looking back. New papa, Raja Bell, was on fire in the first quarter, no doubt off the adrenaline & rush of being a new father - congrats Raja!
The team was led by the usual suspects - Amare, Marion, Nash and Barbosa all played extremely well in the victory. The Suns withstood a 30+ point game for not only Kobe Bryant, but also for Lamar Odom. If you'd asked me before the game if the Suns had a chance to win w/ those two scoring that many points, I probably would've said “no way”, but Phoenix got it done.
There won't be too much celebrating on the Suns part, since their reward for dispatching the Lakers is a showdown with the San Antonio Spurs. Phoenix, and Amare Stoudemire in particular (his coming out party), played very well against the Spurs 2 years ago in the playoffs. Look for Amare to try and duplicate the effort he put up before his knee surgeries sidelined him.
If Dallas ends up losing to Golden State, I think we're going to hear a lot of people asking for a change to the playoff seeding yet again. In my opinion, the playoffs should be re-seeded each round to make sure that the top two teams don't face each other until the Western Conference Finals. The Suns are the #2 seed and the Spurs the #3 seed, so it's a shame they'll play each other so early this year.
On a side note... Barkley was on TNT wearing a Suns jersey the entire night, something his good buddy and former Sun, Mark West, seems to have coerced him into doing. Still, it was a nice jesture to see Chuck wearing the jersey of his local (& former) team.