Halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

The Phoenix Suns’ plan for Game 2 tonight was to try to contain the Lakers’ supporting cast, allowing Kobe Bryant to run free. They didn’t want Lamar Odom or Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum or anyone else lighting them up again. By halftime, it looked like the plan was to check Bryant and let the others go wild. The Suns paid attention to Bryant, who had 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting plus a team-leading nine assists. He found open teammates whenever the Suns came to double-team him. The Suns forgot about Artest and paid the price. Artest scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. Meanwhile, Channing Frye delivered another dud for Phoenix. He scored zero points, missing all three shots and picking up three fouls. He had 3 points on 1-for-8 shooting in Game 1.

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