Amare Stoudemire had one of the biggest playoff games in his career Sunday as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers. Stoudemire finished with 42 points and 11 rebounds, while getting to the free throw line 18 times. Stoudemire and Steve Nash, who had both been noticeably unlike themselves in the first two games, played like the fans expect on Sunday. Nash, despite finishing with a broken nose, also finished with 17 points and 15 assists.
For the Lakers, Kobe had to do it all to keep his team close. Bryant finished with 36 points and 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Pau Gasol added 23 points, and Derek Fisher scored 18 points in the 118-109 loss to Phoenix.
The Suns will host the Lakers once again on Tuesday night for game 4 of the best of seven series.
Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V Playoff Edition.
Steve Nash in the Nike Cradle Rock drives past Jordan Farmar in the adidas TS Cut Creator PE.
Amare Stoudemire in the Nike KD II shoots over Pau Gasol in the Nike Hyperize PE.
Lamar Odom in the Nike Zoom Kobe V is blocked by Amare Stoudemire in the Nike KD II.
Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe V shoots over Amare Stoudemire in the Nike KD II.
Grant Hill in shoots a jumper in the Nike Hyperize PE.
Robin Lozez dunks in the adidas TS Commander PE.
Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown, both wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe V.