After Kentavious Caldwell-Pope accused his team of not being ready for Game I of their first-round playoff series against Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers have bullied the Suns, playing with a different level of physicality than they had when losing the NBA opener.
The Lakers would be ready for what the Suns had to offer in Game 2, pulling out a 109-102 victory to even the best-of-seven series.
But even with the Lakers playing much sharper basketball, the Suns proved that the Lakers' mere attendance wouldn't be enough in this series.
Behind Andre Drummond's bulk and Anthony Davis' length, the Lakers built a double-digit lead.
But the Suns' Cameron Payne caught fire in the fourth, leading the Phoenix comeback and ensuring that a blowout wouldn't happen.
Davis - who had 34 points and 10 rebounds - and LeBron James scored 16 of the Lakers' last 18 points.
James finished with 23 points and nine assists, while Drummond contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds.
While the Lakers were bigger and definitely stronger, the Suns were game for the fight.
"This was a must win," Davis said. "We all came out with that mindset and we were able to get the job done."
Luka Doncic blew past Los Angeles defenders for 39 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, leading the visiting Mavericks to a 127-121 victory over the Clippers and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Doncic's second straight 30-plus-point game leaves the Mavericks in a commanding position as the best-of-seven series heads back to Dallas for Game 3 and Game 4.
Tim Hardaway Jr added 28 points, Kristaps Porzingis 20 and Maxi Kleber 13 for Dallas.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 41 points. Paul George contributed 28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Reggie Jackson added 15 points.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Joe Harris added 25 as Brooklyn seized control early and cruised to a 2-0 series lead over Boston in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.