Dudley shines in Suns win

Alvin Gentry and his coaching staff know what to expect from All-Star point guard Steve Nash and steadily improving big man Marcin Gortat on a game-by-game basis, but the Suns are at their best when they get a third scoring option to compliment their two leading scorers and help spread the floor offensively.

They got the third piece Sunday night from shooting guard Jared Dudley who poured in a season-high 25 points on 9-15 shooting as the Suns got a much-needed 102-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center.

“It feels real good,” Dudley said after the win. “I think we set the tone. I think everybody was tired of losing to them, especially playing them in their place-seeing Kobe [Bryant] going for 48 and 40.”

Phoenix earned their first home win over the Lakers in over two years, improving to 4-3 against Western Conference teams at the Purple Palace this season.

“It’s good for us to play well in front of them,” Dudley explained. “They helped us with energy. I thought we brought it from the beginning.” 

It marked the third time Dudley eclipsed the 20-point mark this season. Coincidently, all three turned into Suns victories.

He also contributed four assists, three rebounds, and two blocks while not committing a turnover in just over 34 minutes.

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