Amare Stoudemire responds

After the Phoenix Suns' 118-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Amare Stoudemire defiantly rejected any suggestion that he phoned it in during the Suns' pair of losses in Los Angeles. How could anyone question his commitment or effort? He's the guy who worked his way back from microfracture knee surgery and a detached retina, two injuries that threatened his young career.

"You can never question my determination, my focus, my dedication," Stoudemire said following the game. "That's one of the reasons why I persevered through injuries and continue to try to improve every single summer. So my dedication to the game is at an all-time high."

Another thing at an all-time high for Stoudemire on Sunday night? His career high in scoring for a postseason game. Stoudemire tallied 42 points on 14-for-22 shooting from the field and 14-for-18 from the stripe. After hauling in only nine total boards over two games at Staples Center, Stoudemire gobbled up a game-high 11 rebounds.

A closer look at Stoudemire's marquee performance: