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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA LAKERS        25   34   26   14    99   
      PHOENIX          31   39   32   23    125     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - CARON BUTLER 30, CHUCKY ATKINS 14, 
                      DEVEAN GEORGE 12
                PHO - QUENTIN RICHARDSON 25, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 
                      23, SHAWN MARION 22

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - CARON BUTLER 7, SASHA VUJACIC 7, BRIAN 
                      GRANT 6
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 12, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 10, 
                      AMARE STOUDEMIRE 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - CHUCKY ATKINS 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                PHO - STEVE NASH 9, LEANDRO BARBOSA 7, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 5

         ATT:   18,422

Box Score

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 42 12-22 6-9 2-7 2 2 30 D George 28 4-12 0-0 0-3 0 2 12 B Grant 24 2-9 5-6 2-6 0 3 9 C Atkins 32 6-15 2-2 0-0 8 2 14 L Walton 24 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 1 8 J Jones 21 4-8 0-0 1-4 1 1 10 S Medvedenko 15 3-6 0-0 3-4 0 2 6 T Brown 16 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 B Cook 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 S Vujacic 21 2-9 0-0 3-7 2 0 4 V Divac 9 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 2 2 K Bryant DNP - BRUISED SHIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-97 13-17 15-41 16 17 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (C Butler 0-2, D George 4-6, C Atkins 0-3, L Walton 0-1, J Jones 2-4, S Vujacic 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:9 (C Atkins 2, D George 2, C Butler 2, B Grant, B Cook, L Walton). Steals: 11 (C Butler 6, J Jones 2, L Walton 2, C Atkins). PHOENIX (125) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 32 9-18 0-0 1-10 1 0 25 S Marion 31 8-16 2-2 4-12 4 3 22 A Stoudemire 33 9-13 5-6 4-8 2 3 23 S Nash 24 4-8 0-0 1-4 9 0 8 J Johnson 34 4-9 0-0 1-2 5 2 8 J Jackson 26 4-7 0-0 0-1 3 3 9 L Barbosa 24 5-8 0-0 1-5 7 3 14 S Hunter 15 1-1 3-4 0-3 0 0 5 W Mccarty 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 P Shirley 3 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 B Outlaw 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 J Voskuhl 3 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-88 10-12 13-49 33 15 125 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.557, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 17-39, .436 (Q Richardson 7-14, S Marion 4-9, S Nash 0-1, J Johnson 0-3, J Jackson 1-3, L Barbosa 4-6, W Mccarty 1-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:8 (S Hunter 3, Q Richardson 2, S Nash, A Stoudemire, J Johnson). Turnovers:15 (J Jackson 3, S Nash 2, S Marion 2, Q Richardson 2, J Johnson 2, A Stoudemire 2, L Barbosa 2). Steals: 7 (Q Richardson 2, J Johnson 2, B Outlaw, A Stoudemire, S Marion). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 25 34 26 14 - 99 PHOENIX 31 39 32 23 - 125 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,422. T: 1:58. Officials: Gary Zielinski, James Capers, Joe Forte.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (99) AT PHOENIX (125) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 42 12-22 6-9 2 5 7 2 2 6 2 30 D GEORGE F 28 4-12 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 12 B GRANT C 24 2-9 5-6 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 9 C ATKINS G 32 6-15 2-2 0 0 0 8 2 1 2 14 L WALTON G 24 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 2 1 8 J JONES 21 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 2 0 10 S MEDVEDENKO 15 3-6 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 0 0 6 T BROWN 16 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 B COOK 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 S VUJACIC 21 2-9 0-0 3 4 7 2 0 0 0 4 V DIVAC 9 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 K BRYANT DNP - BRUISED SHIN TOTALS 240 40-97 13-17 15 26 41 16 17 11 9 99 (.412) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11 (18 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 32 9-18 0-0 1 9 10 1 0 2 2 25 S MARION F 31 8-16 2-2 4 8 12 4 3 1 2 22 A STOUDEMIRE C 33 9-13 5-6 4 4 8 2 3 1 2 23 S NASH G 24 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 9 0 0 2 8 J JOHNSON G 34 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 5 2 2 2 8 J JACKSON 26 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 9 L BARBOSA 24 5-8 0-0 1 4 5 7 3 0 2 14 S HUNTER 15 1-1 3-4 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 5 W MCCARTY 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 P SHIRLEY 3 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 B OUTLAW 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 J VOSKUHL 3 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 49-88 10-12 13 36 49 33 15 7 15 125 (.557) (.833) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15 (20 PTS) LA LAKERS 25 34 26 14 - 99 PHOENIX 31 39 32 23 - 125 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - NONE, PHOENIX - S HUNTER 3, Q RICHARDSON 2, S NASH, A STOUDEMIRE, J JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-19 (.316), C BUTLER 0-2, D GEORGE 4- 6, C ATKINS 0-3, L WALTON 0-1, J JONES 2-4, S VUJACIC 0-3. PHOENIX 17- 39 (.436), Q RICHARDSON 7-14, S MARION 4-9, S NASH 0-1, J JOHNSON 0- 3, J JACKSON 1-3, L BARBOSA 4-6, W MCCARTY 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, JAMES CAPERS, JOE FORTE. A - 18,422. T - 1:58.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Quentin Richardson and Amare Stoudemire ended the Los Angeles Lakers' postseason dreams. Richardson collected 25 points and 10 rebounds and Stoudemire scored 23 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 125-99 victory over the Lakers, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The defeat dropped Los Angeles (33-41) nine games behind eighth-place Memphis (41-32) in the loss column. The Grizzlies own the tiebreaker over the Lakers by virtue of a 3-0 season series sweep. "It comes with the territory," Lakers star Kobe Bryant said. "We've got a young team and we struggled this year with being consistent. We had a lot of things that weren't expected ... happen, and it set us back a lot. The guys played hard and we gave it our best effort. It just wasn't meant to be, but we will be back." Bryant, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in his nine-year career, could only watch as he was sidelined with a bruised right shin. "You know what, stuff happens and this is the path were on right know," Bryant added. "We will bounce back and we will be back. This is the course of action that we have to take and we're going to take it. We are going to take our lumps and get back up to the top." After winning three NBA championships from 2000-02 and again reaching the NBA Finals last season, the Lakers appeased Bryant in the offseason by trading Shaquille O'Neal and ending Phil Jackson's tenure as coach so Bryant would re-sign with the club. "We just couldn't get over the hump," said Lakers forward Devean George, who is the only other holdover from the team's championship run. "We had a lot of adversity, a lot of things happen to us; coaching changes, players injured, chemistry problems. We just couldn't fight through it." "There are some guys that aren't here who won in the last five years, four of them in the Finals," Los Angeles interim coach Frank Hamblen said. "That's what the big difference is." Richardson and Shawn Marion led Phoenix's high-octane offense, which shot 60 percent (27-of-45) from the field en route to a 70-59 halftime advantage. In the first half, Richardson scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Marion added 20 of his 22. "We didn't stop them in transition nor did we stop them from the 3-point line in the first half," Hamblen said. The pair combined to make 10 of Phoenix's 17 3-pointers - a team record and the most ever given up by the Lakers. "A lot of people made a lot of threes tonight," Richardson said. "I didn't know that we were approaching (the record) tonight." "We were hitting our threes early," Marion said. "They were hitting their shots, too, but at the same time, we were hitting threes and they were hitting twos. That's how we cushioned our lead." Stoudemire scored 11 points in the third quarter for Phoenix (57-17), which won its sixth straight game and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami for the NBA's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. "We need every game to keep our race for the No. 1 spot going," Richardson said. NBA assists leader Steve Nash was limited to nine but it did not prevent the Suns from dishing out a season-high 33. Caron Butler scored 30 points for Los Angeles, which has lost 12 of its last 13 games. "You just have to leave it all out there and play the game," Butler said. "You just have to continue to play hard."


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