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  The Lakers' Glen Rice heads upcourt after nailing a 3-pointer in Game 5 against Phoenix. AP

Killer instinct

Lakers dim Suns to advance to conference finals

The Suns trailed by seven points after the first quarter -- then their nine-point second-quarter effort put them in a hole they would never find their way out of. Held to 28-percent shooting, Phoenix's leading scorer was Todd Day, with 10 points. The Lakers will now face the Blazers in the Western Conference Final, starting with Game 1 on Saturday.

Suns-Lakers Game Summary


Harper: Lakers lack killer instinct
L.A. guard Ron Harper said the Lakers are "not even near" being a championship team.
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Suns extend series with win over defenseless Lakers
Jason Kidd's triple-double led the Suns to their first win in the best-of-7 series with L.A.
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O'Neal, Bryant sink Suns; Lakers take 3-0 series lead
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant combined for 62 points to lift L.A. to its first playoff road win.
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Bryant's clutch jumper gives L.A. 2-0 series edge
Jason Kidd's defense was solid, but Kobe Bryant made jumper to give the Lakers the 97-96 win.
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Lakers make quick work of Suns in Game 1
Shaquille O'Neal poured in 37 points and grabbed 14 boards in L.A.'s 105-77 Game 1 win.
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L.A. 105, Phoenix 77: Recap | Box
L.A. 97, Phoenix 96: Recap | Box
L.A. 105, Phoenix 99: Recap | Box
Phoenix 117, L.A. 98: Recap | Box
L.A. 87, Phoenix 65: Recap | Box (Lakers win series 4-1)
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