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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime win over Phoenix

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers' prevailed 139-137 in triple overtime Tuesday over the Phoenix Suns.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro explains how the Suns came up short. 

--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' Broderick Turner highlights Ron Artest's performance against Phoenix.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders who will be the next Kobe Bryant.


--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 Daily News' Teaford and the Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen details Phil Jackson's praise for Lamar Odom.


--True Hoop's Henry Abbott debates Bryant's clutchness once again. 

--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.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wishes the Lakers and Suns would meet in the playoffs. 


--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer analyzes the Lakers-Suns game. 

--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.'s Sekou Smith believes Artest played similar to how he did in the 2010 NBA playoffs.'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. 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

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Jordan tells NC player to take off his Kobe shoes.

@PLG... Congrats on the Friedman, Shannon. And yes, it would be interesting to see how Phil handles his late game substitution pattern when AB is available. I think we saw that Phil is going to give Drew more shots at the end of the game due to his defensive presence. I also like that Phil is now looking at the matchups rather than just playing the veterans Pau and Lamar to finish. What a great game by Lamar, though. He and Drew have both grown into real men this year.


Jordan tells NC player to take off his Kobe shoes. Posted by: never | March 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM
I don't blame him...I know he wanted to wear those bad boys!!!!!

I was at last night's game as well - what a show! As much as I hated to see the Lakers fritter away a 21 point lead in the third quarter, you just knew that this was going to be a track meet. And the moment it became clear that free tacos were decidedly no longer going to be an option, it was nice to see the Lakers unleash their more open court, free-wheeling style - it was as if they decided to try and run and gun with them because they needed the exercise. Thankfully there were relatively very few turnovers committed by both teams, which translated into some very entertaining basketball.

Queensbridge (Ron & Lamar) was beasting last night - those guys were awesome! That called "shooting foul" call LO (on Channing Frye to send him to the line to shoot three FTs at the end of the first OT) was total BS - Frye was fouled on the floor before any shot attempt. And Artest was just...well, Thriller - anybody who questions his talent and his level of committment to the Lakers just hasn't being paying attention. With all due respect to Kobe and Fish, and the mighty triumverate of bigs in Pau/Drew & Lamar, in many ways Ron Artest has become the heart and soul of this team - when he is ON, the Lakers are winning big games...even when you find yourself wincing in pained anticipation every time Artest leads a fast break! (Nice job on Vince Carter, BTW...)

I feel like Aaron Brooks was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the Suns back into this game against the Lakers 2nd unit. But, in the end, we're ultimately treated to yet another instant classic from Kobe - one assist shy of a monster triple-double. I swear, I have to pinch myself sometimes as a reminder to how lucky we are as Lakers fans to be able to bear witness to his almost routine greatness during our lifetime. Anyway, what a great, if not wacky, game - so much hand-wringing and true jubilation in the final analysis. Great stuff!

Anyway, what a great, if not wacky, game - so much hand-wringing and true jubilation in the final analysis. Great stuff! Posted by: jefe101 | March 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Talk about Great Stuff...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Carry On!

Who's that guy selling shoes and why is it on our blog?

Who's that guy selling shoes and why is it on our blog?
Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | March 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

This game was a kind of wake-up call game otherwise relatively easy and comfortable home games schedule. I think the Lakers will "play to kill" for the rest of home games not to make it close games anymore.

My boys were blurry eyed this morning after that one. The Lakers have to realize they have a responsibility to the youth of LA nation and go back to winning in regulation.

Check that, last night was on the confused LO call.

Never mind.

Jordan tells NC player to take off his Kobe shoes.

Posted by: never


Only if they're the silver spaceship Kobe shoes. Those were GACK! You know it, I know it, even Kobe knows it.


@JEFE101... Terrific post, my man. And what a great game by the Queensbridge boys. We have the greatest closer, greatest front court, and greatest defensive small forward. I’m telling you. 24-1 after the all-star break. We’re going to win out the regular season and sweep the playoffs 16-0.
It’s destiny. That’s what Ron Artest said last night’s game was all about. That’s what this season for the ages is all about. After 16 NBA championships, you would think the Fisher haters, Ron doubters, and Pau disparagers would finally get it. We’re the two-time defending NBA champs.

Oh yeah...

Go 'Heels!

BTW - my fave UNC player is James Worthy, NOT Mike. Yup, I said it.


When did you decide you wanted to be such a great defender.

Posted by: Hugo Boss | March 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

AWESOME! Don't you love going to lakers games that are beyond exciting? It makes every dollar so much more worthwhile, I am extactic you had a good time and got a great deal.

PLG CONGRATS ON FRIEDMAN!!! Also great bonding story!!
There was another great bonding story a few stories back but sorry, I can't remember your name with your 14 year old son!
I love how the Lakers are always bringing people together!!!!!!!!

I am still reeling in over the matt barnes tweet.
He was a key player last night. It must have been hard for everyone o the bench to sit out those 3 ot's. But hey, our starters pulled through.

AB can't wait for you to come back
Artest - you're hilarious and an absolute legend. I can't wait to see the "go loco" video!!
Shannon Brown probably lacks confidence, he has the talent he just isn't sure what t do and there fore fumbles or dribbles too much. Once he increases his confidence he will be a force to be reckoned with!
If he put in a shitload of work over the summer and trained hard, I can see him even doing the P.G position and one day becoming a Lakers starter. I imagine he likes Los Angeles and I can't really see him leaving, I mean his wife lives there and everything.. plus every player wants to play for the Lakers.


@PLG - Congrats on the Friedman. I agree with you and LT that Drew has earned and will receive more crunch time minutes. I don't think it would've been any OT to worry about it Drew had played.

@Jefe - Nice game recap. It was great to watch on TV so I know its was special to see in person. Queensbridge definitely represented. Only I'll disagree on is the LO foul. I thought the call was correct. What's your musical selection to capture the essense of last night's game?????

@Mamba - I understand. That's what I heard also and RiRi said it herself in so many words.

@DBDH - Nice Tarheel influence on the clock last weekend :-)

Thanks everyone.....

Cheers all - PLG

It would not hurt the Lakers if Gasol also gets T2 and suspended for 1 or 2 games. It will serve for 2 purposes: One, it would show his toughness and get some respect (?) from his teamates and around the league. Two, he could get well deserved rest like Bynum did. I would not mind it all!

It would not hurt the Lakers if Gasol also gets T2 and suspended for 1 or 2 games. It will serve for 2 purposes: One, it would show his toughness and get some respect (?) from his teamates and around the league. Two, he could get well deserved rest like Bynum did. I would not mind it all!

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 23, 2011 at 01:47 PM


i was hoping pau would punk pietrus in the face yesterday for physical payback from what happened in game 4 of the 09 finals. i always thought pietrus was honorable until he messed w/ pau that day.

Congrats on the RCOTD Diandra!
@ LRob - musical selection to memorialize last night's game, that's easy...
Thank goodness the Lakers have 'till Friday to recoup...can't say as much for the Suns who have a game tonight, yikes!


Q for RA: Will you keep your next championship ring?

Hey guys. Just a reminder: I will be talking to Ron Artest soon and I will forward him 10 of your best questions. Tell me your questions in the comments threat, at The Times' Lakers Facebook page

hey mark you should suggest the nickname - BLACK HULK



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