Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 103-101 Game 5 victory over Phoenix Suns
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the final moments, including Ron Artest's game-winning shot, in the Lakers' 103-101 Game 5 Western Conference finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes how Artest's shot staved off Phoenix's rally.--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro labels the Suns' loss a heartbreaker.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding paints the festive atmosphere following Artest's game-winner.--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen calls Artest's game-winner the "Ron-Ron Rebound of 2010."
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford describes Artest's game-winner as "improbable."
--The Times' Bresnahan explains how Kobe Bryant kept the Lakers in the game.--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains how the Lakers barely withstood Steve Nash's contributions.
--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Luke Walton can help solve the Suns' zone.
SidebarsThe Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins features the Lakers' late-game shots beyond Artest's game-winner.
--The Daily News' Jill Painter argues that Derek Fisher's efforts often go unnoticed.--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports that Jackson says it's highly likely he'll return to the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker goes through memorable game-winning shots Phil Jackson has witnessed as a coach.--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young documents how Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry doesn't pay much attention to outside opinion.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke dissects the enigma that is Artest.
--The Times' T.J. Simers appreciates what Fisher brings to the team.
--The Times' Mark Heisler chalks up the Lakers' win to luck.--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes that Artest redeemed himself.
--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley argues that the Lakers stole the game from Phoenix.
--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin says the Suns still believe they can bounce back in the series.
--The Orange County Register's Ding argues that Artest's game-winner brought the team closer together.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper chalks up the win to Artest being in the right place at the right time.--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues that Artest's game-winner proves his worth.
--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel compares and contrasts how the team and fans viewed Artest in the final minute.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi credits Fisher for his consistency in the postseason.--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that team effort proved more instrumental in the win than Artest's putback.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller didn't anticipate Game 5 would happen that way.--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues that Artest's game-winner proves he belongs with the Lakers.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears observes Phoenix's state of shock.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne details the heartbreak Phoenix experienced.--Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel believes Artest has fit in with the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Whicker argues that Artest's game-winner made up for his poor play.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down Artest's game-winner, contributions from Bryant and Vujacic, as well as some numbers.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius outlines how the Lakers overcame adversity.--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes the Suns have eve more confidence considering the close effort they have against the Lakers.
--The headline on Silver Screen and Roll's article by C.A. Clark says it all: "Finally, Ron Artest makes the headlines for all the right reasons."--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how Artest redeemed himself.
I recap the Lakers' Game 5 victory with 1430 ESPN's Paul Swearengin.
Tweet of the Day: "Phil came home from STAPLES Center kissed me on the forehead and watched the 4th quarter again. I am an NBA widow." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, who is Jackson's girlfriend.
Reader Comment of the Day: "Ron redeemed himself. I am happy for him. Good anticipation on that Kobe's shot. I knew it from the release that it will not go in. Ron's got good instinct on that one for him to track the ball. Good to see Ron/Kobe/Lamar on that group hug. I want the Lakers to win it again this year for those 3 players" -- jette
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest (37) and guard Kobe Bryant react, along with the Staples Center crowd, after Artest hit the winning shot as time expired in Game 5 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times