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Lakers Beat Buzzer, Suns
By Associated Press, Times Staff Writer
4:02 PM PDT, April 30, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers may no longer be a one-man team, but they know where to go with the ball when the game is on the line.

Kobe Bryant's 17-foot jumper as time expired in overtime gave the Lakers an improbable 99-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday and a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Lakers, who have won the last three games, can win the best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Phoenix.

The Suns appeared to have the game won late in the fourth quarter and again in overtime, but the Lakers took advantage of two critical mistakes by Phoenix star Steve Nash.

Nash made a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to give the Suns a 98-95 lead. Bryant's layup with 11.7 seconds to go drew the Lakers within one point, and Luke Walton tied Nash up with 6.1 seconds remaining.

Walton won the tip, with Bryant chasing the ball down near the scorer's table and then dribbling to the right corner of the key, where his ninth field goal in 14 tries swished through cleanly.

The Lakers then mobbed their superstar, who has become more of a facilitator than a scorer during this series, with his output dropping more than 12 points from his 35.4-point average during the regular season.

Lamar Odom led the Lakers with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Bryant had 24 points and eight assists, Kwame Brown added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Devean George scored 11.

Nash led the Suns with 22 points and 11 assists, but scored only six after halftime. Boris Diaw had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Shawn Marion had 20 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter, and Tim Thomas scored 12.

The Lakers forced overtime on Bryant's fast-break basket with 0.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 90. The play was made possible when Smush Parker poked the ball away from Nash.

Phoenix's James Jones then failed to score after taking a lob pass near the Lakers' basket as the fourth quarter ended.
 

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I WAS THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAN FUCKIN TASTIC!! Best game ive ever seen in person, absolute Bedlam when he hit that shot to tie it at the end of reg, adn insanity when he hit the game winner. Everyone chanting outside on the streets, in the halls, all over, it was beautiful. i have some pics, maybe ill post them later!!!!

GO LAKERS!
 

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I feel sorry for Nash.....he got mauled by Walton and was desperately calling a timeout.....but that's how the game goes.......
 

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This is something that no one has mentioned yet.

Clippers 3, Nuggets 1
Lakers 3, Suns 1

If both the Lakers and Clippers win, they'll face each other in the 'Hallway Series' for the first time ever. The thought is too much.
 

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LIKE I SAID, KOBE WILL ALWAYS BE MY MVP!!!!!!!!!
 

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Threehundred said:
This is something that no one has mentioned yet.

Clippers 3, Nuggets 1
Lakers 3, Suns 1

If both the Lakers and Clippers win, they'll face each other in the 'Hallway Series' for the first time ever. The thought is too much.
Imagine that. A freeway series for LA's NBA franchises. Do you think the fan turnout will be equal for both teams or will it be another home series for the Lakers?
 

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ya the lakers will have more fans at clipper games than the clippers will have at laker games, but it will be GREAT!! i cant wait for this, if it happens, and i think ticket prices are going to be ridiculous. The Downtown LA series, the Hallway series, the LA series, the Staples series, call it what you want, but LA is going to be basketball heaven for the net two weeks.
 

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After seing this,I still don't believe Kobe didn't get the MVP. He's my MVP for sure......if I could only turn back time.
 

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I'm also looking forward to seing the Clippers and Lakers take on each other.
 

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did u guys hear kobe had his baby today(5/1/06)and then six minutes later so did shaqs wife! kind of ironic...
 

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Yeah but they are playing sloppy right now they look like they might make the suns win this series tonight I'm pissed at them now
 

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Yeah but they are playing sloppy right now they look like they might make the suns win this series tonight I'm pissed at them now
Soulbro: MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! THIS IS THE LAKERS!!!
 

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Oh man, I didn't see that coming. Kobe only took 16 shots, I thought he would take control of the game after you guys fell pretty far behind. That was a brutal game; I feel for you Laker fans.
 

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RP1 said:
Oh man, I didn't see that coming. Kobe only took 16 shots, I thought he would take control of the game after you guys fell pretty far behind. That was a brutal game; I feel for you Laker fans.
yeah, i feel bad for Kobe. It seemed like he was the only player who wanted to actually win. ohh well always a laker/Kobe fan.......now Lets go Clipps.
 
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