Ron Artest Buzzer-Beater Helps Lakers Sink Suns to Gain 3-2 Lead

May 27th, 2010 by Louie Longoria Leave a reply »

Tonight's finish was truly a Hollywood ending.

Scoring only four points, but his last two perhaps the most important in this series, Ron Artest's last-second put back helped lift the Lakers to a 103-101 win in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals Series to give L.A. a 3-2 series lead.

Being in the right position was Artest who caught a Kobe airball, after Bryant was double-teamed by Grant Hill and Steve Nash, and scored as time expired to the eruption of the crowd at the Staples Center.

Just before that sequence, Jason Richardson hit a three-pointer, his only three of the game, with 3.5 seconds left to tie the game at 101.

Phoenix trailed by as much as 18 points in the game, trailing 74-56 late in the third quarter, before storming back to tie the game after Richardson's 3-pointer.

Kobe Bryant led 4 Lakers in double figures, nearly posting his first career postseason triple-double, with 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

But Los Angeles was able to improve drastically in one category, and that was the production of its supporting cast.

Derek Fisher had a series-high 22 ...

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