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lakers vs sunsThe Lakers controlled the action early, taking a 74-56 lead with 3:44 left in the 3rd quarter. However, from that point on it was all Suns. At some point the Phoenix defense got reenergized. In the 4th quarter it seemed like every Laker shot was with a hand in the face, and Phoenix slowly kept chipping away at the lead.

With 20 seconds left in the game and Lakers up by 3, Pau Gasol missed a wide open dunk that would have sealed the game. The Suns rebounded and Steve Nash missed a game tying shot, but the Suns got an offensive rebound. Jason Richardson missed their next game tying shot, but the Suns got another offensive rebound. Then with 3.7 seconds left Jason Richardson banked in a 3-pointer that tied the game up, and I was thinking the Lakers needed to counter in regulation. If this game goes to overtime, the Suns are going to win.

Sure enough the ball was inbounded to Kobe Bryant and with a hand in his face he took a horrible shot. Then out of nowhere Ron Artest dashed in to grab the board and banks in a game winner. This was a little bit of redemption for Artest who took a few suspect shots down the stretch.

Now the series shifts back to Phoenix for Game 6. Given how the Suns have played at home during this series, it seems like it’s destined to go 7.










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