The Phoenix Suns won game four of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Phoenix on Tuesday, May 25, 115-106.
Amare Stoudemire led the Phoenix Suns with 21 points and 8 rebouds. Steve Nash, playing with a broken nose, scored 15 points and had 8 assists. Jason Richardson had 11 points and 6 rebounds, Grant Hill had 8 points and 4 rebounds and Robin Lopez had 6 points and 6 rebounds.
The Phoenix Suns bench had a very impressive night, outscoring the Lakers bench 54-20. Channing Frye, who was 1-of-21 in this series prior to game 4, scored 14 points and had 6 rebounds.
“I just set my feet and let it ride,” Channing Frye said.
Leandro Barbosa also scored 14 points, Jared Dudley had 11 points and 6 rebounds, Goran Dragic had 8 points and 8 assists and Louis Amundson had 7 points and 7 rebounds for the Suns bench.
“The bench played fantastic,” Steve Nash said. “They were by far easily the difference tonight.”
“They have a great bench,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said.
Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry kept all five bench players in the game for almost the first nine minutes of the final quarter, who produced an 18-3 run on the Lakers.
“We believe in those guys and they really believe in themselves,” Gentry said. “I thought they were much better defensively than they were offensively, and they were great offensively.”
Kobe Bryant led the L.A. Lakers with 38 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 15 points and 5 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 13 points, Andrew Bynum had 12 points and 8 rebounds and Derek Fisher finished with 8 points. Lamar Odom had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Lakers. The rest of the bench combined had only 5 points.
“We thought we could come in here and get a game, and unfortunately you know we weren’t up to the task,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “But we outscored them from the field I think both games, shot better than they did, did a lot of things very good and it still wasn’t enough to win the game. They beat us at the foul line both nights, and that’s the difference in the margin of the game.”
The Suns went to the line 32 times in the second half, whereas the Lakers only went to the line 13 times in the second half.
“Our attention needs to be on the defensive end — period,” Bryant said. “That’s second-chance opportunities. Their bench came in and gave them a big boost in getting balls back and getting them extra possessions. We’ve got to cut that stuff out.”
Game 5 will take place Thursday, May 27 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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