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Suns Perimeter Shooting Cements Game One Loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the Phoenix Suns can't hit a 3-pointer, they realize their chances of winning the Western Conference finals are a long shot.

The Suns went 5 for 22 on 3-pointers in their series-opening 128-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night, getting almost nothing from the most impressive area of their offense.

Phoenix made 101 3-pointers while hitting nearly 42 percent from behind the arc in the first two rounds of the postseason, easily the best numbers for any playoff team. The Suns relied heavily on the 3-pointer to beat Portland and San Antonio, but their touch abandoned them at Staples Center.

They struggled both with open shots and contested tries against the Lakers. Channing Frye went 1 for 7, and fellow reserve Jared Dudley was 1 for 5.

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