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NBA: Lakers outlast Suns with 139-137 triple OT victory

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 23, 2011 in Sports
Los Angeles - The Suns are looking to get back in the eighth spot in the West, but they had to deal with the streaking Lakers. The Lakers have now won 14 of their last 15 games since the All-Star break, and are looking like the team to beat in the West.
The Phoenix Suns (35-34) have sent the last two days in sunny California. On Mar. 20 they took on the Los Angeles Clippers and beat the 108-99, and on Mar. 22 they had to face the Los Angeles Lakers (51-20). This is the last meeting in their four game season series, and with this 139-137 victory tonight, won the series 3-1.
The Lakers struck first, but the Suns went on a quick 7-2 run to take the lead 7-4. The Lakers then took the lead on a Bryant layup that made it an 8-7 game. Carter scored on a 3-point shot to give the Suns a 14-10 lead that had the Lakers take a timeout. The Suns had the lead and kept it pushing it to seven on a Frye jumper.
The Lakers got within four on an Odom three point play that had the Suns taking a timeout. Barnes then made a 3-pointer to get the Lakers within one. With .52 seconds left Carter made a layup and seconds later Nash hit a 3-pointer to give the Suns a 31-27 to end the period.
Brooks opened the second quarter with a jumper for the Suns, and Odom responded with a jumper of his own for the Lakers. A Barnes jumper got the Lakers within three, but Pietrus hit a 3-pointer to make it a 37-31 game. The Lakers tried to cut into the lead as Blake made a 3-pointer, but the Suns had an answer for every Lakers’ basket.
Phoenix pushed their lead to nine with a 7-0 spurt. The Lakers cut the Suns lead to five with the score 50-45 before the Lakers took a timeout. Out of the timeout the Lakers went on a 7-0 run of their own to take a 52-50 on a Bryant jumper, and forced the Suns to take a .20 second timeout. The Lakers kept their lead until Gortat made a layup to get the Suns within two, and Carter made a jumper to tie it up at 60.
Kobe ended the half with 6-0 run of his own that gave the Lakers a 66-60 lead going into halftime.
Channing Frye led the Suns in scoring with 32 points and 14 rebounds in 57 minutes. Steve Nash scored 19 points and had 20 assists for the game. Grant Hill scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, but fouled out late in the game. Vince Carter scored 17 points with five assists.
The Suns bench had a big game from Marcin Gortat who played 53 minutes and scored 24 points with 16 rebounds. Aaron Brooks scored 15 points with Mickael Pietrus adding 11 points going 2-3 from behind the arc.
Kobe Bryant scored 42 points with 12 rebounds and nine assists. Lamar Odom scored 29 points and 16 rebounds with five assists in place of Andrew Bynum who is serving the second game of his two-game suspension. Pau Gasol scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds with 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Matt Barnes came off the bench for the Lakers to score 13 points.
The Suns were cold to open the second half as the Lakers pushed their lead to 12 points on a Bryant jumper. They continued to put space between them and the Suns as they got the lead all the way 17 points on an Odom 3-point play.
The Lakers held the Suns to just seven points over the first half of the period as the Lakers scored 20 points. Bryant scored back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 21 point lead for the Lakers. Phoenix then began to cut into the Lakers lead with Nash making three 3-pointers in a row that made it a 91-77 game. The Suns ended the half on a 9-2 run that cut the Lakers lead to 11 points on a Frye 3-pointer.
Los Angeles had a 97-86 lead to open the fourth with a jumper from Odom. Pheonix then answered with a 12-2 run that cut the Lakers lead to one. The Lakers kept their lead, but the Suns made it close until a Bryant jumper and Odom made a layup to make it a nine-point game.
Frye and Nash made 3-pointers to put the Suns with three. Grant Hill hit a 3-pointer late to tie the game up and Carter missed a 3-pointer to make the game go into overtime.
The first overtime began and the Lakers took the early lead on an Odom jumper. Artest gave the Lakers a three point lead with a 3-pointer. Gortat got the Suns within one on a dunk, but Fisher put the Lakers back up by three with a pair of free-throws with eight seconds left.
Frye got the ball and the Odom tried to foul him before he could get the 3-pointer off, but Frye was going into the act of shooting. Frye then calmly knocked down all three free-throws to send the game into a second overtime.
The Suns opened the second OT with a Carter jumper to give them a two-point lead. Bryant then scored the next four points to give the Lakers a two-point lead. Gasol made it a four point lead on a jumper that made the Suns take a timeout.
Phoenix went on a 7-2 run to give the Suns a two-point lead with a Frye 3-pointer. Gasol was fouled with .2 seconds left and made both of his free-throws to send it to a third overtime.
The third overtime started off cold as both teams struggled to score besides the two free-throws by Gortat early in the period.
Kobe made a 3-pointer and Artest took the ball from Nash, and raced down the court to dunk the ball. The dunk gave the Lakers a three-point lead, and Artest came back and made a jumper to make it a 137-132 lead.
Frye cut the lead to two with a Frye 3-pointer, but Bryant sealed it with a jumper to make it a four point game with .14 seconds left.
The last Lakers win in 3+ overtimes was December 8, 1961. The Lakers won on the road, beating the Philadelphia Warriors 151-147 in 3OT.
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