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2010 Playoffs: Suns vs Lakers, Game 3
May 24, 2010
Steve Nash arrives at US Airways Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
US Airways Center is ORNG!
Suns All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire gets up some shots during pregame warmups.
Fans arriving early were treated to some pregame entertainment on the plaza.
The Suns' Gorilla hangs out with his fans before the doors open for Game 3.
Posters decorate the hallway leading to the Suns' locker room.
The ORNG Man Cometh!
The Gorilla tries to convince a couple Laker fans to use the shirts provided for all ticket holders.
Nash leads the Suns out to the court.
Lou Amundson gets in a last-minute stretching.
Former University of Arizona teammates Channing Frye and Luke Walton enjoy a few laughs.
After dropping the first two games of the series in L.A., the Suns were determined to return the favor in Phoenix.
PHX Percussion warms up the crowd prior to tip-off.
The Suns and Lakers tip off Game 3.
Grant Hill takes an early jumper.
Amar'e Stoudemire drives through defenders for two of his 13 first-half points.
Stoudemire also collected seven rebounds in the half, more than either of the first two games of the series.
Second-year center Robin Lopez played increased minutes in his third straight start after returning from a back injury.
Robin Lopez slams one home.
The Suns Dancers cowgirl up for the Western shootout.
Leandro Barbosa came back from five stitiches in the back of his head in Game 2.
Suns and Lakers fans stood up and cheered for the members of the U.S. armed forces who were honored during a timeout.
Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald with son Devin went for some purple rather than orange, but was fully behind his Phoenix Suns.
Recently retired Cardinals QB Kurt Warner was also on hand for Game 3, enjoying it with his wife Brenda and their kids.
Nash celebratees a late run that gave the Suns a 54-47 halftime lead.
Jason Richardson hit a jumper to open the second half giving the Suns a nine-point lead.
Stoudemire took over the bulk of the scoring with 16 third-quarter points.
Nash reacts to an elbow to the chin that resulted in an offensive foul on Kobe Bryant.
Lopez battles Lakers forward Lamar Odom for position on the box.
STAT avoids the charge and scores from the left side.
Lopez shot 8-for-10 from the field in scoring a new playoff career-high 20 points.
Suns guard Goran Dragic drives inside.
Nash had nine points and seven assists in the first half.
Richardson could not convert this lob but made the three-pointer that put the game away.
Nash was 5-for-10 from the field, made all seven free throws and had only one turnover on the night.
Amar'e scored in a variety of ways to finish with 42 points on the night.
T-shirts were thrown to the crowd even though everyone received one prior to the game.
Amar'e powers his way to the basket.
STAT had to be bandaged after his goggles were dislodged late in the game.
The light at the end of the tunnel for the Lakers was the Gorilla on a motorcycle.
Lopez scores over the Lakers' Pau Gasol.
Richardson shows some emotion after a big fourth-quarter three-pointer.
Stoudemire rejects Odom.
Nash and Richardson intervene when Derek Fisher and Robin Lopez had some minor extra-curricular contact.
Dragic puts up a shot that resulted in two free throws.
Stoudemire and Lopez became cheerleaders when the reserves took the floor.
Jared Dudley and Ron Artest fight for position.
Suns owner Robert Sarver enjoys the big win.
Nash realigns his nose after taking a shot that dislocated cartilage late in the game.
Nash finished with 17 point and 15 assists, as the Suns took Game 3 from the Lakers, 118-109.
The soldout crowd was as loud as its been this postseason.
Nash talks with Al McCoy and Tim Kempton on KTAR after the win.
STAT leaves the court to high-fives all around.
Hill receives some low-fives after the win.
Gentry congratulates his team for their effort and heart in Game 3.
The Suns will huddle up again on Monday in preparation for Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Suns GM Steve Kerr congatulates Stoudemire on his 42-point night.
Dudley gives a shout out to rookie Taylor Griffin for his orange bow tie.
Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson removes a bandage from Stoudemire's forehead.
Sarver goes from locker to locker after the win, congratulating his team.
After missing the first two rounds of the playoffs, Lopez is enjoying his turn in the spotlight.
Hill says the Suns were focused in the must-win game.
Lopez was a popular postgame interview on this night.
Nash and Co. will look to tie-up the series on Tuesday night.
Arizona Republic beat writer Paul Coro will go to any length or height to get the story.
"We couldn't afford to go down 3-0," Stoudemire said during his postgame press conference. "We couldn't afford that. So we came out with a chip on our shoulder."