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Final Score: Suns win 100-92 over Lakers, tie series 2-2

NBA: Playoffs-Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With a huge effort from Chris Paul, despite the lingering injury to his shoulder, the Phoenix Suns were able to tie the series 2-2 to take back the home court advantage.

Chris Paul had 18 points and 9 assists and 3 steals, while 6 different Suns had 11 plus points in the game. Deandre Ayton was excellent as well (14 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals and a block), as the only Suns tree among the Laker trees.

After the game, Chris Paul said that coach Williams wanted to rest him a game but he refused, asked to just show how well he can play for a few minutes and go from there. Luckily for the Suns, Monty relented. Paul looked better than he has all series since shoulder injury and looks to be recovering one day at a time.

For the Lakers, Anthony Davis left the game late in the second quarter, with the score 51-50 Suns, after apparently injuring his groin on a drive to the basket. From that point on, the Suns went on a 35-15 run to take an 81-65 lead after three quarters.

Marc Gasol came off the bench to lead the Lakers on a 4th quarter run with Lebron James, and the Lakers pulled to within 7 points deficit with 2:40 left. But then Chris Paul made a huge steal, Deandre Ayton grabbed a big rebound, and Jae Crowder hit a three (his third of the game) to put the Suns back up 10 to seal the game.

Now the series turns back to Phoenix, with the Suns playing at home for two of the last three games. The series now shifts back to the Suns favor, all of a sudden.

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