The Los Angeles Lakers won game five of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, May 27 with a last minute winning shot by Ron Artest, winning the game 103-101. The series is now 3-2, Lakers.
Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers as always with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Derek Fisher scored 22 points and Pau Gasol had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Ron Artest, finished with only 4 points, but 2 of those points were the most important, making last second shot to win the game. Lamar Odom had another great night off the bench with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Steve Nash led the Phoenix Suns tonight with 29 points and 11 assists. Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 4 rebounds and Grant Hill had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Jason Richardson Richardson scored 12 points – making a three point shot within the last 10 seconds to tie up the game. Channing Frye had a great night off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jared Dudley had 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Ron Artest had two bad shots shortly before he made the winning shot of the game. It was the ultimate redemption.
“I missed a lot of layups during the regular season,” Ron Artest said. “I’m just staying with it and trying to stay focused and play my part, see what happens.”
“I thought Kobe got fouled on the shot, so I figured it was going to be a little short,” Artest said. “And it was short.”
It was crushing to lose the game after such an exciting shot from Jason Richardson to tie the game up for the Suns.
“Everything is OK,” Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash said. “We can’t knock a great effort. I think we deserved this game.”
“We just didn’t quite finish the game,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “I have no complaints. They played great. We hung in. We did a great job against Kobe on the last shot, just didn’t come up with the rebound. To me, it’s a great effort by us, and they know we’re not going to go away.”
Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry actually started the game very sick, vomiting into a trash can on sidelines during the first quarter. He apparently got sick from some fried avocado he ate before the game. At half time he was seen by the team doctor and given an IV to rehydrate him. He appeared to be feeling better in the second half.
The Lakers are now 8-0 at home in the playoffs this year.
Game 6 will take place Saturday, May 29 in Phoenix.