The Los Angeles Lakers won game two of the 2010 Western Conference Finals on Wednesday, May 19, against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, 124-112.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The Suns adjusted their defense and kept Bryant to 21 points, versus the 40 he scored in game one. But Bryant responded by finding open teammates, getting 13 assists. Ron Artest had 18 points and Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Lamar Odom came off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.
Jason Richardson led the Phoenix Suns with 27 points. Grant Hill had 23 points, Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points and Steve Nash had 11 points and 15 assists. Jared Dudley came off the bench with an impressive 15 points, 5 out of 5 from 3 point range. But it wasn’t enough to win game two.
“We’ve been able to play both styles of basketball,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “We like to control the pace, but we feel comfortable if it’s an accelerated pace.”
“We can’t slow them down,” Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said. “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.”
“We still scored enough points tonight, but when they can score 120-something, that’s asking the offense to score too much,” said Phoenix’s Steve Nash, who had 11 points and 15 assists. “If we’re going to beat them, we’ve got to find a way to slow them down.”
“I was being effective and just finishing plays,” Pau Gasol of the Lakers said. “We just continued to go to it because it was working pretty well for us.”
“It’s really tough because we have so many guys on this team that can hurt you offensively,” said Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. “When we get four or five guys going offensively, it seems like our defense steps up. We do a great job of using our quickness, cutting guys off and making it hard for teams as well as putting that offensive pressure on them.”
Phoenix Suns player Leandro Barbosa had blood on the back of his head after falling into the first row of cameras when his shot was blocked early in the fourth quarter. He was escorted off the court and did not return to the game.
The Lakers have lost only one best-of-seven playoff series in franchise history after taking a 2-0 lead, winning the other 41.
Game three will take place Sunday, May 23 at US Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.