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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          30   23   28   25   7     113  
     LA LAKERS        32   24   27   23   9     115     FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 40, SHAWN MARION 18, 
                      AMARE STOUDEMIRE 16
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 22, 
                      DEREK FISHER 20

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 15, STEPHON MARBURY 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 13, KOBE BRYANT 8, FOUR
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 8, SHAWN MARION 7, PENNY
                      HARDAWAY 4
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 7, KOBE BRYANT 7, RICK 
                      FOX 5

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

PHOENIX (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 49 8-22 1-2 6-15 7 2 18 A Stoudemire 32 7-14 2-3 1-7 1 3 16 J Tsakalidis 38 5-10 2-4 3-7 1 5 12 P Hardaway 41 7-13 1-2 1-6 4 2 15 S Marbury 48 15-30 10-10 5-8 8 3 40 J Johnson 31 2-9 2-4 1-2 2 0 6 S Williams 7 2-6 0-0 2-2 0 2 4 B Outlaw 14 0-1 0-0 3-6 1 4 0 C Jacobsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Langhi 1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Voskuhl 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 T Gugliotta DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 47-10 18-25 22-53 25 24 113 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (S Marion 1-4, S Marbury 0-2, J Johnson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:4 (P Hardaway, S Marion, J Tsakalidis, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:15 (S Marbury 6, P Hardaway 3, B Outlaw 2, J Johnson 2, S Marion, A Stoudemire). Steals: 15 (S Marion 7, S Marbury 3, P Hardaway 2, A Stoudemire 2, J Tsakalidis). LA LAKERS (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 18 1-3 0-0 0-0 5 0 3 S Walker 17 3-6 2-6 2-4 2 3 8 S O'Neal 45 8-12 6-7 3-13 7 4 22 K Bryant 49 10-25 5-5 0-8 7 2 26 D Fisher 40 8-16 2-2 1-4 3 6 20 R Horry 23 3-5 0-0 1-4 1 3 8 D George 29 6-7 2-2 1-4 1 2 15 K Rush 25 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 J Pargo 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 B Shaw 5 0-1 0-0 0-3 3 0 0 M Madsen 6 1-2 1-4 2-2 0 1 3 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 45-85 18-26 10-43 29 23 115 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (R Fox 1-2, K Bryant 1-6, D Fisher 2-5, R Horry 2-3, D George 1-2, K Rush 0-1, B Shaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:10 (S O'Neal 6, K Bryant 2, D Fisher, S Walker). Turnovers:20 (K Bryant 7, S O'Neal 6, R Horry 2, K Rush 2, S Walker, B Shaw, M Madsen). Steals: 10 (K Bryant 2, D Fisher 2, S O'Neal, B Shaw, J Pargo, D George, R Fox, R Horry). ------------------------------------------------ PHOENIX 30 23 28 25 7 - 113 LA LAKERS 32 24 27 23 9 - 115 ------------------------------------------------ Technical fouls: La Lakers - 2 (S O'Neal, 0:41 2nd; K Bryant, 8:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:38. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (113) AT LA LAKERS (115) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 49 8-22 1-2 6 9 15 7 2 7 1 18 A STOUDEMIRE F 32 7-14 2-3 1 6 7 1 3 2 1 16 J TSAKALIDIS C 38 5-10 2-4 3 4 7 1 5 1 0 12 P HARDAWAY G 41 7-13 1-2 1 5 6 4 2 2 3 15 S MARBURY G 48 15-30 10-10 5 3 8 8 3 3 6 40 J JOHNSON 31 2-9 2-4 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 6 S WILLIAMS 7 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 B OUTLAW 14 0-1 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 0 2 0 C JACOBSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D LANGHI 1 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J VOSKUHL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 T GUGLIOTTA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 47-107 18-25 22 31 53 25 24 15 15 113 (.439) (.720) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16 (22 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 18 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 3 S WALKER F 17 3-6 2-6 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 8 S O'NEAL C 45 8-12 6-7 3 10 13 7 4 1 6 22 K BRYANT G 49 10-25 5-5 0 8 8 7 2 2 7 26 D FISHER G 40 8-16 2-2 1 3 4 3 6 2 0 20 R HORRY 23 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 1 2 8 D GEORGE 29 6-7 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 15 K RUSH 25 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 6 J PARGO 8 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 B SHAW 5 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 M MADSEN 6 1-2 1-4 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 45-85 18-26 10 33 43 29 23 10 20 115 (.529) (.692) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20 (24 PTS) PHOENIX 30 23 28 25 7 - 113 LA LAKERS 32 24 27 23 9 - 115 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - P HARDAWAY, S MARION, J TSAKALIDIS, A STOUDEMIRE. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 6, K BRYANT 2, D FISHER, S WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-8 (.125), S MARION 1-4, S MARBURY 0-2, J JOHNSON 0-2. LA LAKERS 7-20 (.350), R FOX 1-2, K BRYANT 1-6, D FISHER 2- 5, R HORRY 2-3, D GEORGE 1-2, K RUSH 0-1, B SHAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL, K BRYANT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, STEVE JAVIE, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 18,997. T - 2:38.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, including the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a playoff berth with a wild 115-113 overtime triumph over the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers (46-31) overcame 40 points from Phoenix's Stephon Marbury and a five-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation. The three-time defending NBA champions clinched their ninth consecutive playoff berth and inched one game ahead of Utah into sixth place in the Western Conference. After missing his four of his first five shots of overtime, Bryant gave the Lakers their 12th consecutive home win with a 20-footer from the right wing over Shawn Marion. Bryant's latest big shot improved the Lakers to 35-12 since an 11-19 start. "I think it's a good thing," said Bryant about Los Angeles' second straight win coming down to the last shot. "Playoff games typically tend to be tight. It's important to establish some type of rhythm and confidence that we can have down the stretch. The important thing is winning games and to improve." "We got the win," Lakers forward Robert Horry said. "That's the most important thing. It's good practice for the tough games ahead. We might have to come down the stretch and execute. Anytime you have a tough game, it's a good game. It is the most important thing to do well down the stretch." Despite Bryant's shot, the Suns still had two chances for their first win in eight tries over the Lakers at Staples Center. But rookie Amare Stoudamire missed a short jumper with nine seconds remaining and Marion missed a 3-pointer with five second to play. "They are the world champions," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. "I certainly tip my hat to Kobe and their crew because Kobe hit all the big shots. We had our chance. I can't say anything other than that. For the game, I thought we did a good job on Kobe. He just hit big shots when he had to." Marbury scored 28 points after halftime, and his two foul shots with 42 seconds remaining forged a 113-113 tie. He had his way with Los Angeles' defense for most of the fourth period but did not score in the final 2:34 of regulation as the Lakers closed the quarter with a 7-2 spurt to forge a 106-106 tie. For one stretch in the fourth quarter it looked like Marbury was going to lift the Suns to one of their biggest wins. He had 14 points in the period, including six consecutive Phoenix points for a 104-99 lead with 2:34 to play. But Bryant blocked a shot by Penny Hardaway, setting up a long 3-pointer by Devean George with 96 seconds remaining. George made a pair from the line to forge a 104-104 tie 18 seconds later. After Jake Tsakalidis won a jump ball from Shaquille O'Neal, Marion and Marbury had shots blocked. But the Suns regrouped and Joe Johnson hit a floater in the lane. But Bryant, who had not scored since the 9:41 mark, hit a fallaway jumper with 14 seconds left, sending the contest into overtime. "Down the stretch, they have two guys who can put the ball in the hole in Shaq and Kobe," Stoudemire said. "Down the stretch, I think that they stepped up. I thought we had them, but they fought back." "When you are going against the champs, it takes more than that," Marbury added. "It takes a lot more when you are playing against the champs." Bryant made 10-of-25 shots and had seven assists and eight rebounds. His final assist led to another clutch 3-pointer by Horry with 1:47 left in overtime that made it 113-109. But Bryant and O'Neal, who collected 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, had plenty of help. Despite not being able to stop Marbury most of the game, Derek Fisher had 20 points before fouling out. George added 15 points as the Lakers shot nearly 53 percent (45-of-85). They pulled with 1 1/2 games of Minnesota and Portland. The Lakers took a 55-53 lead into the locker room but quickly fell behind by nine points before closing the third quarter on a 8-0 run to take an 83-81 edge in the fourth. Marion collected 18 points and 15 rebounds and Stoudemire added 16 for Phoenix, which leads Houston by one half-game for the eighth and final playoff berth.


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