Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime win over Phoenix
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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers' prevailed 139-137 in triple overtime Tuesday over the Phoenix Suns.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers for overcoming adversity.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers survived a marathon.
--The Times Bresnahan reports Matt Barnes would like to exercise his option to stay with the Lakers next season while Shannon Brown is noncommittal.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the Lakers' ability to win against Phoenix reveals their championship spirit.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at the memories created from such an epic game.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton criticizes the Lakers' lack of defense against Phoenix.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Phoenix.
--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz breaks down Phoenix's loss to the Lakers.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith believes Artest played similar to how he did in the 2010 NBA playoffs.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' win in a running diary.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark explains why he enjoyed the Lakers-Suns game.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down the Lakers' win.
WRALSportsFan.com highlights Michael Jordan's joking comments to the current North Carolina team not to wear Bryant's shoes (via Laker Nation)
Tweet of the Day: "Big win for us last night. really showed our toughness to hang in their for the 3 OT's" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Oh what an awesome game. I loved it - every OT minute! Ron's post game ramble was hilarious. As for those chatting about the lack of defense - so be it. After 13 games of stifling teams and racheting up the defensive focus, the Lakers needed a game like this to let loose. Guys need to let off a little steam and the Suns were just the team to do this. I am also glad to see how PJ stuck with his starters to finish off the game.
Fish was 0-fer but still provided key defensive play. And it was great to see our wiley vets running 60 minutes in. Good thing PJ put them through that tough practice with running drills last week. My question of the morning is how would the whole OT have changed with AB in the mix? It would have been been very interesting to see PJ's coaching strategy during each OT if AB was playing. But I guess we will have to wait for that card to be played - or we may never know." -- PsychedLakerGirl
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant takes a shot while surrounded by Phoenix Suns Marcin Gortat, Grant Hill and Vince Carter March 22, 2011. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA