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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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