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Earth, meet the Lakers

The Lakers played well. The Suns played better, and it may be what the Lakers needed

Updated: May 24, 2010, 12:15 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- What? You were expecting another double-digit rout? Planning for another anticlimactic sweep? Had already made plans for the NBA Finals to start early?

You weren't alone.

But something strange happened on the way to another lackluster conference finals game we all thought we knew the outcome to before it began. Both teams actually showed up to play. It might be a foreign concept on the East Coast, but it really is amazing how good a game can be if one of the teams doesn't ...

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