By: Taren Vaughan

After struggling several times throughout the game, Ron Artest finally found his stroke at the very end of the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant was the designated player to take the final shot but it was Artest who came through in the end. His buzzer beating shot gave the Lakers a 103-101 victory over the Suns. The Phoenix Suns were playing catch up for the majority of the game but managed to pick up up the pace. With better shot selection and stepping it up on the defensive end, the Suns chipped away at an 18 point lead, eventually tying the score with a desperation three pointer from Jason Richardson. This by far was one of the most intense games of the series. Suns’ coach Alvin Gentry, despite falling ill during the game, was very impressed with his team’s performance. It will be challenging for the Suns to win two games back to back but it definitely can be done. Laker fans shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet.