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Friday, May 05, 2006

Teams go for Game 7 after Suns victory

Tim Thomas managed to score the three most important points of the game for the Suns. In fact, those points forced overtime and Phoenix went on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 126-118. Now they must go for Game 7 in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final.

Even though Kobe Bryant had a great scoring night with 50 points, he missed a potential series-clinching shot as time expired in regulation. He also counted all but one of the Lakers' 13 points in OT.

After this result, game 7 goes Saturday at Phoenix.

It's good to mention that the Lakers have taken all 27 series they led 3-1, and head coach Phil Jackson is 44-0 all-time in series he led 3-1.

Steve Nash also had a good performance scoring 32 points and doled 13 assists in a splendid effort for the Suns.

Thomas, whose clutch trey with 6.3 seconds tied it at 105-105, finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Leandro Barbosa, replacing the suspended Raja Bell, tallied 22 points and guarded Bryant throughout.

"The pressure is on both franchises," said Suns coach Mike D'Antoni. "We feel good about ourselves but they will be ready and we are going to be be ready. It should be a great match."

Kobe Bryant, who averaged 42.5 points facing the Suns in the regular season, had some words: "We're going into a hostile environment. We look forward to it. Let's get it on."