Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday at Staples Center was a great follow-up to the demolishing first game against the Suns.

With Gasol scoring 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Bryant having 21 points and 13 assists, the Lakers beat the Suns in the fourth quarter and ran away with a 124-112 victory.

“We’re shooting the ball very well, moving the ball really, really well,” Gasol said. “Our bench is playing at a high level, and we’re all stepping up.”

After shooting 58 percent in Game 1, the Lakers converted 57.7 percent in Game 2 on Wednesday to display their forceful offensive power.

Odom, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.

“When we get four or five guys going offensively, it seems like our defense steps up. We do a great job of using our quickness, cutting guys off and making it hard for teams as well as putting that offensive pressure on them.”

Ron Artest scored 18 points for the Lakers, who have moved within reach of a Finals showdown with the Boston Celtics. For the second straight game, you can hear the fans roar from throughout the Staples Center: “We want Boston!”

The Suns recorded six turnovers to the Lakers’ two and were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter.

“We exerted so much energy getting back into the game,” Hill said. “We have to play better in the first half and do a better job in the first quarter.”

The Lakers and Suns now head to Phoenix for Game 3 on Sunday.

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