On the next play, Ford, still not letting up, broke down the lane for a three-point play that put the Kings back in front 74-73. They would never relinquish that lead. Birdsong nailed his last five shots without a miss, and Wedman hit four of his last five. They finished with 30 and 32 points, respectively.
Despite the setback,' the Suns remained confident. "They have to go to Birdsong and Wedman when it's close," said Westphal, "so it's pretty easy to defend against them at the end of the game. Our team goes to Walter and me a lot, but we've got some other guys who we can give the ball to."
"There aren't too many teams who win by getting all their points from the outside," said Davis. "You've got to be able to go inside sometimes."
The Kings weren't able to do that Sunday, partly because the Suns played their best defense of the series, partly because Lacey banged up his left knee during the first two minutes of the game and was ineffective thereafter. On the offensive end, that meant the Kings had to let loose from outside, and what they were throwing up were mostly rocks. On the defensive end, it meant that K.C. had no one to get in Adams' way. He quietly went crazy, getting 20 rebounds and 19 points. Fitzsimmons nonetheless left Lacey in for 37 minutes. "He's the best I've got, limping or not," Cotton said.
Meanwhile, the best the Suns have got, Davis, just kept running, until he had turned back the Kings' last threat, until he had turned out the lights on K.C.