Ron Artest Hits Game Winner as Lakers Defeat the Suns
Thursday, May 27: The Los Angeles Lakers are hanging on by a thread, but that thread has helped LA take a 3-2 lead over Phoenix. Ron Artest hit the game winning shot, falling away after a Kobe Bryant miss, as the Lakers beat the Suns, 103-101. Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, but the improbable hero of Game 5 is the only new player on the roster of the defending champions, who are one win away from
the NBA finals. "I missed a lot of layups during the regular season," Artest said. "I'm just staying with it and trying to stay focused and play my part, see what happens." Something incredible happened: Artest's basket completed a 2-for-9 shooting night, an otherwise awful performance redeemed by one supremely heady offensive rebound. Jason Richardson banked in a straightaway 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to tie it for the Suns. Phoenix clawed back from an 18-point deficit in the second half with a superb game by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists. Game 6 Saturday night in Phoenix.