The Lakers absolutely had to win this game tonight and they managed to do it. The Suns got off to a blistering start, and looked like they were going to wipe the Lakers out quickly, but then they got strangely disinterested for the rest of the night. Kobe finally got some help from his supporting cast, as Kwame Brown went for 19 and Odom for 18. The refs were also pretty kind to the Lakers, because you can't have Kobe Bryant getting swept in the first round.
If I'm Phoenix, I'm not real worried. The Lakers played about the best possible game they're capable of playing. Meanwhile Phoenix was pretty dreadful in the second half and still managed to tie this game up with about 2 minutes to go. Phoenix even made some late defensive stops, they just couldn't convert on the offensive end. Also, anyone who thinks Kwame Brown is going to go for 19 again is crazy.