Artest saves the Lakers and himself

The Lakers' Ron Artest missed two three-point attempts in the final minute or so, the second miss coming with a Lakers lead and a full 24-second clock — TNT's announcers went crazy and Phil Jackson glared. Then, after the Suns tied the game with three seconds to go and Kobe missed his final shot, Artest grabbed the airball and sank the game-winner at the buzzer from under the basket. Kobe played the entire second half and led the Lakers with 30 points. Game 6 in Phoenix on Saturday, with a chance for the Lakers to clinch the series. Final: 103-101.

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