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Lakers vs. Phoenix: Lakers defeat Suns in triple overtime thriller

Lakers 139, Suns 137 (triple overtime)

Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Ron Artest scored 18, including four in the third overtime.

The Lakers escaped after blowing a 21-point lead and improved to 13-1 since the All-Star break.

Lamar Odom had 29 points and 16 rebounds and Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bryant also 12 rebounds and nine assists, coming up one assist short of a triple-double.

After Grant Hill fouled out with 2:19 left in the third overtime, Bryant had room to operate.

Bryant made a three-pointer over Jared Dudley for a 133-132 Lakers lead.

Then Artest did his thing.

He got a steal after Steve Nash lost the ball and raced down court for a left-handed dunk.

Artest then made a 15-foot fade-away for a 137-132 Lakers lead.

But Channing Frye made a three-pointer with 1:03 left to close the Suns' gap to 137-135.

Kobe Bryant made an 11-foot shot to give the Lakers a 139-135 lead with 14.2 seconds left in the game.

Lakers 130, Suns 130 (double overtime)

The Lakers couldn't finish the game in two overtimes, so it took another.

Pau Gasol tied the score at 130-130 by making two free throws with 2.5 seconds left in the second overtime.

Grant Hill was unable to get a shot off before time expired.

It was the Lakers' first triple overtime game since Dec. 29, 2006, at Charlotte.

The Lakers lost that game.


Lakers 121, Suns 121 (overtime)

Channing Frye made three free throws to tie the score at 121-121 in overtime.

Lamar Odom had fouled Frye while shooting a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in the OT.

The Lakers and Odom said the foul happened before Frye took the shot, but the referees disagreed after talking to each other.

Odom missed a shot as time expired, sending the game into double overtime.


Lakers 112, Suns 112 (end of fourth quarter)

The Lakers blew all of their lead and only got to overtime after Vince Carter missed a game-winning three-pointer to end the fourth quarter.

The Lakers had a 21-point lead that they let the Suns slice up, all the way to a 101-101 tie after Mickael Pietrus made three free throws after he was fouled by Shannon Brown shooting a three-pointer.

When the Lakers went ahead 110-101, it looked as if they had the game under control.

But the Sun got a basket from Marcin Gortat and a three-pointer by Steve Nash to pull to within 110-106 to keep the heat on the Lakers.

The Suns tied the score at 112-112 after Grant Hill made a three-pointer withi 31.8 seconds left.

Kobe Bryant missed a nine-foot runner in the lane, leaving the door open for the Suns.


Lakers 95, Suns 85 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers opened the third with a quickn 9-0 run, putting the Suns in a 75-61 hole.

The Lakers stretched that lead to 89-68 on a three-pointer by Kobe Bryant.

But after Steve Nash made back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Suns to within 89-74, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout with 4:16 left in the third.

The Lakers then had a hard time stopping the Suns.

When Channing Frye made a three-pointer, the Suns had cut a 21-point deficit to nine points at the end of the third quarter.


Lakers 66, Suns 60 (end of first half)

Neither team played much defense in the first 24 minutes.

The Lakers, however, pride themselves on being a good defensive team. But they had trouble slowing down the Suns in the first half.

The Suns, on the other hand, don't play much defense, and it showed.

The Lakers had four starters score in double figures in the first half, led by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, both of whom had 14 first-half points. Lamar Odom scored 13, making six of eight shots.

The Lakers shot 54.3% from the field in the first half, the Suns 51.1%.


Suns 31, Lakers 27 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers wanted to limit Phoenix's three-point shooting, holding the Suns to three for nine from behind the arc in the first quarter Tuesday night.

But the Suns had eight fastbreak points, allowing them to open a four-point lead.

Channing Frye led the Suns with 10 points on five-for-eight shooting. His three misses were  three-point attempts.

The Suns shot 50% against the Lakers' defense.


When the Lakers last played the Suns at Staples Center on Nov. 14, Phoenix won because of its three-point shooting. The Suns attempted 40 shots from behind the arc and made 22.

"If we make 22 threes this game, we'll have a good chance to win, I'll tell you that," Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said before Phoenix took on the Lakers on Tuesday night.

The Lakers hope to control the pace against the Suns. That means trying to slow down Suns point guard Steve Nash.

"We try not to get caught up in the frenzy of it and try to control it with our offense by making multiple passes," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

 -- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers Pau Gasol, left, battles Suns Robin Lopez, #15, left, and Channing Frye, #8, right, for a rebound in the first quarter at the Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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Lakers should defend the Suns a lot like they defended the Spurs a few weeks back...

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LakerTom: I'm with you to all those things, on a basketball standpoint. I'm glad you point us in that direction. One of your philosophies we can also apply here, something which can also be apply to most things in life: We can all agree to disagree.

I have been online for years, I don't remember the reaction that a single blog poster anywhere that has continually generated as much heat as 888 does here. It's incredible. 888 was driven away from here and frankly deserves some time to vent.

Maybe we can all agree to disagree, I hope so, but whatever happens from here on out at least we can all agree to be civil. Words and things have flown around in the past which can stay there. That is why 'the archives is our friend' mantra is inherently wrong - because people change their views! Much like stats don't lie but they can mislead.

No one is going to change anyone else's approach or their way of doing things. But we all have a right to be here as long as we're cool with each other and that's the main thing. Respectful of others and all that stuff that basically we learned in kindergarten.

Why though must it always become a mas-macho competition around here?

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hobbit, after a particular incident in the past if anyone should be reported it would have been you. But to follow up and say you will keep attacking 888? Past arguments might have gotten heated between you and 888, but reporting him? Really now?

Most ironic though in that it was you telling me that if you can't stand the heat just a couple weeks or so back. Wishful thinking? Seems to be a lot of irony to things you say and do though. As a starter you can try practicing what you preach...



if you want some you can have some too. :)

FWIW, the complaint had nothing to do with my interactions with
the aforementioned criminal & lawyer KobeMVP888.

The pitch will be coming high & inside. Please step closer to the plate.

Good god hobbit, stop trying to bait me. I'm a big boy and can take it as well as dish it, but it's not going to work. I'm not going there. Besides, I have nothing against you. I have nothing against anyone here for that matter.

You just need to practice what you preach. You can't expect to say you report 888 and follow that up with telling everyone you're not going to stop attacking him. That just doesn't fly...


FWIW, the complaint had nothing to do with my interactions with
the aforementioned criminal & lawyer KobeMVP888.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 22, 2011 at 07:49 PM

You call me a "criminal" and bring my chosen profession up in here repeatedly when I'm in here only as a fan just as you are? And YOU are reporting ME? That's a laugh. I'd love to read the defamatory garble you submitted. I hope you were careful.

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Thanks again to MAMBA24 and contributors for Bandwagoning this moment for the LakerMike family! It seems so touching to me that as I say farewell to such a great blog member (Friedman) I turn around and welcome such a special member to the LakerMike family!

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Pj finally decide to call a time out after the team give up 20 points.and he leaves fish out on the court after shooting
0 and cant guard anybody.i guess pj is sleep on the bench.
pj must be brain dead to have left luke on the floor.he has
no confidence in his game,send him to the d team along with fish

pj did a lousy job coaching this game.why would he keep fish in the game.he is the worse point guard in the nba.the team
had a 20 point league and pj was to stuborn to call time
to break the other team momentum,just bad coaching.he put his
team in this situation.

it shouldnt reach to 3 over time,that will take a toll,lakers leading by 21 points should seal the game in the 4th quarter not allowing the suns to come back and tying the game leading to over time.

thats not a good win,with with ease so the players can get enough rest and will reserve enough energy to take during the play off.

fuck you lakers!!!!

Big reason why Lakers won this game was because of that TERRIBLE foul call on Grant Hill that fouled him out of the game. I was wondering when the refs were going to give the Lakers the edge, up until that point I couldn't believe the refs hadn't made a momentum changing call in favor of the Lakers, as this always happens. Well it came late but they finally pulled through for the Lakers, Kobe was 1-8 in the OT's until Hill fouled out. The lesser defender Dudley goes in and thats your game.

I would love for a Laker fan to please explain to me how you justify half your team's success in the last decade. Last night is only a tiny example of the favorable(rigged) treatment you guys have received.

Explain to me the free throw disparity in the 4th qtr of the finals game 7 last year as well as all the missed calls(Pau traveling or shoving Rondo to the floor) and how you can honestly say your team won that game?? Explain to me the 2002 WCF game 6 and how you can actually be proud of that??

In just those 2 games alone, had the games been called fairly...Kobe may have only 4 rings.

*actually only 3 rings...

the lakers........... if they actually got called for the fouls they did they would have lost by a lot thats all you herd the annoncers saying where is the fuckin foul!!!!!they had the advantage with a laker fan who is a reffere fuckin bull shit replaying that shit fuck off reffere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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