WCF Game 1: Kobe scores 40, Lakers roll

It’s going to be tough for the Suns to beat the Lakers if they let Kobe shoot 13-for-23 from the field and send him to the line 12 times, but that’s exactly what Phoenix did in Game 1. Lakers win, 128-107.

The Suns have defended pretty well in the playoffs, but the Lakers shot 58% from the field, 47% from 3PT, outrebounded the Suns 42-34, and only turned the ball over nine times. You’re going to win a lot of games with stats like these.

Pau Gasol was highly efficient, hitting 10-of-13 shots for 21 points. Lamar Odom added 19 points off the bench.

The Suns shot 49% and scored 107 points, so the problem is not on offense. Phoenix just couldn’t stop the Lakers.

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