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NBA Playoffs:
PLAYER MATCHUPS
LAKERS SUNS
PriceR. Price
Points: 2.1
Rebounds: 0.5
Assists: 0.4
PGDragicG. Dragic
BryantK. Bryant
Points: 35.4
Rebounds: 5.3
Assists: 4.5
SGBledsoeE. Bledsoe
JohnsonW. Johnson
SFTuckerP. Tucker
DavisE. Davis
PFMorrisM. Morris
HillJ. Hill
CLenA. Len
TEAM STATS (Regular Season)
  LAKERS SUNS
PPG 99.4 108.4
RPG 42.2 41.8
APG 21.1 26.6
FG% 45.285 47.858
FT% 74.494 80.610
3P% .349 .399
SEASON SERIES
Phoenix leads 3-1
Nov 3, 2005 PHX 122, @LAL 112Recap | Box Score
Jan 20, 2006 @PHX 106, LAL 93Recap | Box Score
Apr 7, 2006 @PHX 107, LAL 96Recap | Box Score
Apr 16, 2006 @LAL 109, PHX 89Recap | Box Score
PLAYOFF HISTORY
LAL PHO
Championships: 14
(5 as Minneapolis Lakers)
Championships: 0
Last Championship: 2002 Last Championship: N/A
Last Season:
Did not qualify
Last Season:
Lost in Western Conference finals


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Shawn Marion was among seven Suns in double figures.
Sun-sational
The Suns played near-perfect ball, Marc Stein reports, to win Game 7 from the listless Los Angeles Lakers 121-90, while Kobe Bryant scored just one point in the second half. Daily Dime
 
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Kobe The big question is: Did Kobe Bryant's 35 field-goal attempts lead to the Lakers loss? Bryant hit 20 out of 35 attempts, so it is hard to argue that he is hurting the team with bad shots, but the Lakers become disinterested on both ends of the floor when they don't get looks from Bryant.

The Suns should be prepared for the Lakers to focus on scoring in the paint in Game 7, but if the Lakers turn the ball over in the paint the way they did in Game 6 the Suns could be the first team to beat Phil Jackson in a series he has led. Jackson right now is 44-0.

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Suns notes: Phoenix advanced to the conference finals last season for the seventh time in team history.

Lakers notes: This is the 53rd postseason appearance in franchise history. The Lakers have missed the playoffs only five times since the 1948-49 season.
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ESPN Classic is going to air the Suns-Lakers Game 4 as an Instant Classic this coming Friday, 5 p.m. ET.



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