Scoring was at a premium during the overtime period in Los Angeles as the Lakers and Phoenix Suns struggled to find a rhythm after regulation couldn’t decide a winner. Knotted at 112 after four quarters, the two teams played bonus basketball, setting up another wild finish.
Kobe Bryant drove the lane and found Ron Artest, who calmly buried a three to break the tie and put the Lakers up three with just under two minutes to go. Marcin Gortat took a nifty pass from Steve Nash on the other end of the floor to bring the Suns within one, but the Suns couldn’t corral a Kobe Bryant miss and were forced to foul with under 10 seconds to go.
Derek Fisher, scoreless on the night, buried two free throws to make it a three-point game, but the Suns had one more shot at the tie. After a Channing Frye miss, Steve Nash grabbed the and Frye was fouled on a desperation three-point attempt by Lamar Odom.
Frye buried all three, forcing a second overtime with the Suns and Lakers tied at 121.