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Lakers defeat Suns after Ron Artest’s winning basket

Posted by RakeshP on May 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment
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L.A. won in game 5 with 103-101, in best-of-seven series Steve Nash leads Phoenix with 29 points and 11 assists. Ron Artest rambled into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s miss. Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, but the improbable hero of Game 5 is the only new player on the roster of the defending champions. Artest had done little all night and missed two shots moments before his game winner.

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Jason Richardson banked in a straightaway 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to tie it for the Suns. Phoenix clawed back from an 18-point deficit in the second half with a superb game by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said “He has an uncanny knack of doing this, and sometimes it just works out”. Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said “We’re disappointed, We’re not going to get discouraged, though. We’re not a team to get discouraged.”

Steve Nash frustrated the Lakers’ defense all night with his slippery moves and smooth shooting, and nearly delivered a comeback victory. After the Lakers won the series’ first two games in businesslike fashion with 58-percent shooting and dominant low-post play, the third-seeded Suns seemed headed for summer until they responded at home. He finished with 29 points and 11 assists. He was at his best down the stretch, scoring on a 3-point play, feeding Amar’e Stoudemire for a layup and hitting two long jumpers over Pau Gasol.

Gentry vomited into a trash can while sitting on the bench in the first half after apparently eating something that disagreed with him. Gentry, who reportedly received intravenous fluids at halftime, also didn’t care for the officiating, earning a technical foul midway through the Lakers’ big run. The Lakers appeared to have put the game out of reach late in the third quarter when a free throw by Lamar Odom gave them an 18-point lead at 74-56. But the Suns closed the quarter on a 16-4 run that included a four-point play by Jared Dudley, who was fouled by Pau Gasol on a three-point basket and made the ensuing free throw.


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