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Monday, May 08, 2006

Lakers and Kobe let us down

With a great power, the Phoenix Suns completed an amazing comeback with victory in game seven to seal a series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA play-offs.

In fact, the Suns had trailed the Lakers 3-1 in the series but a thumping 121-90 win on Saturday wrapped up a 4-3 triumph.

It was shocking to see that Kobe Bryant scored 23 first-half points for the Lakers but then surprisingly deferred to his team-mates.

"Did he score in the second half?" Lakers coach Phil Jackson asked reporters after the match.

What's more, former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley accused Kobe Bryant of trying to make his team-mates look bad.

"He was being selfish," Barkley said about Bryant. "He wanted to prove (to his team-mates) 'you guys can't do anything without me'. He doesn't want to take any blame."

However, Bryant had his opinion: "If we were going to get back in this type of game we had to have everybody contributing.

"In the first half I started to pick it up offensively only to keep us in the hunt.

"If we were going to get back into the match in the second half everybody has to get into a rhythm and that didn't happen."