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