Saturday , Apr , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe, Lakers down Suns in Game 3 to take series lead

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant was limited to just 17 points,
but the Los Angeles Lakers used solid defense and better board work to beat
the Phoenix Suns, 99-92, in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal

Smush Parker totaled 18 points for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who took a 2-1
lead in the best-of-seven set. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the
Staples Center.

All five Los Angeles starters scored in double figures and LA outrebounded
Phoenix, 53-34. Luke Walton had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom
contributed 15 points and 17 boards, while Kwame Brown ended with 13 points
and 11 rebounds.

It marked the second straight game the Lakers held the Suns under triple
digits, as they won 99-93 at Phoenix on Wednesday.

Shawn Marion had 20 points before fouling out in the closing seconds for the
Suns. Steve Nash had 17 points and 11 assists, while Tim Thomas added 18
points in a losing cause.