Lucky game? Fine with Odom
Lamar Odom had a "lucky game," according to Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire a day after Odom had 19 points and 19 rebounds in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
"I'm not giving him no hype," Stoudemire testily told reporters before the Suns practiced on Tuesday. "He had a lucky game."
Odom's reaction? Typically nonchalant.
"Hopefully I can have another lucky one," he said Tuesday after Lakers practice.
Said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson: "You make your own luck."
Odom's rebounds were a playoff career-high for the 30-year-old veteran. He helped fill the void left by injured center Andrew Bynum, who had only four points in 19 minutes while fighting through torn cartilage in his right knee.
The Lakers won the game handily, 128-107. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday at Staples Center.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Lamar Odom goes to the basket in Game 1 against Amare Stoudemire and Louis Amundson. Credit: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters.