Lakers power forward Pau Gasol is fouled by Suns forward Grant Hill in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday in Phoenix (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times).

*(Via LA So much for keeping up with the Celtics.

The Lakers blinked before their Boston counterparts did, many times in fact, getting shoved aside by Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns, 118-109, in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at US Airways Center.

Something funny happened on the way to a 3-0 series lead, though the Lakers weren’t giggling after Phoenix ended their eight-game winning streak and closed to within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Tuesday in Phoenix.

The Lakers were flummoxed by the Suns’ zone defense, got another no-show from injured center Andrew Bynum (two points, two rebounds, four fouls) and witnessed the return of Lamar Odom to playoff mediocrity, the 6-10 forward coming perilously close to a single-single with only 10 points and six rebounds after starting the series with a strong two-game push.

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