Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Phoenix Suns beat the LA Lakers 107-102 to take a 1-0 series lead. LA comeback from 14 down but came short in the end. Steve Nash got 20 points and 10 assists in 28 minutes. Nash played a great game and found his team and got them going. Tim Thomas had a great game with 22 points and a all time high 15 boards in 24 minutes. Thomas was hitting jumpers and getting some good boxouts and rebounding. Boris Diaw got 15 points and 6 boards in 29 minutes. Diaw is my most improved player of the year and Nash brings the best out of him. Shawn Marion got 19 points and 7 boards in 34 minutes. Marion played well but didn't have the 20+ he usually gets. Kobe Bryant got 22 points and 6 boards in 34 minutes. Kobe stayed in the offense and passed the ball and tried to get going but it was to late. Lamar Odom got 21 points and 14 boards in 34 minutes. Odom got the boards and played okay but he missed a few easy shoots in the first half. Smush Parker got 15 points and 6 boards in 32 minutes. Parker and the other Lakers showed they can play a nice balanced game maybe Kobe will do less next season. Luke Walton got 19 points and 6 boards in 28 minutes. Walton played a great game and having playmakers in Odom and Walton is key for Kobe to move without the ball.