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Stoudemire had said Lamar Odom had "a lucky game" with 19 points and 19 rebounds in Game 1. Odom was far more complimentary after Game 3.
"He had a wonderful game," Odom said. "He got to the hole and was forceful. He played great."
Odom, meanwhile, made just 4-of-14 shots and had 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out. He and Andrew Bynum, bothered by his sore right knee, both got in early foul trouble.
"It was one of those games," Odom said. "It happens."
Jackson said Bynum might not play in Game 4.
"I'll talk to him and see how he feels about it," Jackson said. "I think he was ineffective. There were some things that got by him."
As for Lopez, Gentry called the second-year pro's offense "a big surprise." Lopez had been out since March 28 with a bulging disk before playing in this series.
The Suns played a lot of zone defense after the Lakers averaged 126 points and shot 58 percent in the first two games. Los Angeles shot 48 percent in this one. The Lakers had a 27-4 advantage in second-chance points, but were outscored 18-3 on fast-break points.
"When they started making shots, we had to go to the zone," Gentry said. "Tonight it worked and we stuck with it."
Los Angeles, though, led 90-89 when Odom made two free throws with 8:47 to play.
Lopez entered the game for the struggling Channing Frye, and Phoenix took the lead for good 91-90 on Jared Dudley's baseline drive with 8:27 left.
Frye missed all seven of his shots, five of them 3s, and is shooting 1 for 20 in the series, 1 for 14 on 3s. He has missed 17 straight shots.
Phoenix scored the last seven points of the second quarter to lead 54-47 at the half and was up 86-84 after three quarters, thanks to two free throws by Leandro Barbosa with 1.5 seconds left following an ill-advised foul at midcourt by Shannon Brown.
NOTES: Jackson drew what he said was his first technical of the year in the second quarter, when the Suns were 13 of 15 at the line and his team hadn't even shot a free throw. ... The Lakers scored 65 and 62 points in the first halves of Game 1 and Game 2, 47 in Game 3 and only 15 in the second quarter. ... The Suns' bench continued to struggle offensively. The reserves made just 3-of-21 shots and scored 15 points, but the Los Angeles reserves weren't much better, going 7 for 24 for 20 points. ... Stoudemire's career playoff high of 42 came against San Antonio on June 1, 2005.
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