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Suns Top Lakers, Move On to Second Round
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Game 5: Suns 119, Lakers 110
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The Suns took care of business and set up a Round 2 matchup with the Spurs.
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The Suns accomplished late Wednesday night what their next oppononent secured earlier in the evening: a second-round playoff berth.

Phoenix never trailed and led by as many as 16 points en route to a 119-110 win over the Lakers in Game 5, wrapping up their first-round series to set up a rematch of the 2005 Western Conference Finals with San Antonio; the Spurs advanced to Round 2 by beating Denver in five-games, as well.

Amare Stoudemire, who had a monster series in the five-game loss to the Spurs two years ago, led the Suns with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Shawn Marion chipped in 26 and 10, while Steve Nash scored 17 and delivered 10 assists.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, and Lamar Odom added a playoff career-high 33 and 10 rebounds. Los Angeles has now lost to Phoenix in the first round in back-to-back seasons.

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October 31, 2006
Lakers 114, Suns 106 (F)
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Lamar Odom scored 34 points to lead the Lakers to a season-opening win against the Suns.
March 4, 2007
Suns 99, Lakers 94 (F)
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Steve Nash scored 23, including two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play, and the Suns held on to beat the Lakers 99-94.
April 8, 2007
Suns 115, Lakers 107 (F)
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Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists for his career-best 50th double-double as the Suns beat the Lakers 115-107.
April 13, 2007
Suns 93, Lakers 85 (F)
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Steve Nash had 26 points and 14 assists, and the Suns sent Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to their sixth loss in seven games.




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