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JERRY CROWE

Lakers' last triple-overtime game had something extra

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March 24, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Lakers forward Ron Artest kisses his muscles following his slam dunk during the closing seconds of the Lakers' triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
Lakers forward Ron Artest kisses his muscles following his slam dunk during… (Gary A. Vasquez / U.S. Presswire )

Triple-overtime games are as rare in the NBA as bomb scares, but the Lakers experienced both on Feb. 2, 1969.…

In the Lakers' last triple-overtime game in Los Angeles before Tuesday's victory over the Phoenix Suns, they lost to the then-San Francisco Warriors despite the efforts of Wilt Chamberlain, who finished with 23 points and 35 rebounds.…

The last two periods were played while police and firefighters searched the premises after an unidentified caller to the Forum switchboard said a bomb had been planted inside the arena.…

Photos: Lakers vs. Suns

Thanks to Florida, Jimmer Fredette fell short in his trey-launching bid to become the first national scoring leader to play in the Final Four since Oscar Robertson in 1960.…

Jimmer got Gatored.…

Mark Aguirre, hospitalized in Texas this week after losing consciousness and hitting his head while working out on a treadmill, helped DePaul knock second-ranked UCLA out of the NCAA tournament in 1979 and 10 years later helped the Detroit Pistons sweep the Lakers in the NBA Finals.…

Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher tells mlb.com that Angels prospect Mark Trumbo possesses "McGwire power," which one can only hope is less ominous than it sounds.…

At least the weight of high expectations won't burden the Dodgers, who aren't expected to be very good.…

Lakers database: All things Lakers

Derek Jeter endured the worst season of his career in 2010, but the Captain led the major leagues in jersey sales.…

No Dodger or Angel cracked the top 20.…

If NFL owners truly consider the players their partners, they should open their books to them.…

The Detroit Pistons' starting guards the other night were 6-foot-8 Tracy McGrady and 6-11 Austin Daye.…

With the New York Knicks sinking since acquiring Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets surging since trading him, does that make 'Melo the NBA's least valuable player? …

As the Kings and Ducks try to squeeze into the playoffs, it's worth noting that the odds of lower-seeded teams advancing are far greater in the NHL than the NBA.…

While 11 NHL teams seeded lower than fourth have reached the conference finals since 1999, no NBA teams have.…

Jamario Moon of the Clippers, who told Times reporter Lisa Dillman he was named for "some dude on a soap opera," last year told the Cleveland Cavaliers website that the character's name was Mario but his mother added the first two letters.…

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot, UCLA slayer and the only player in major college history to amass 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, packs a game as cool as her name.…

As her sometimes-tutor, former Gonzaga standout and NBA all-time assists leader John Stockton, told the Spokane Spokesman-Review, "She kind of defies what you expect from a woman basketball player. She has the knack of a boy." …

Elizabeth Taylor, in the role that made her a star at 12, disguises herself as a boy to win the Grand National Steeplechase aboard a headstrong sorrel gelding in the acclaimed 1944 film, "National Velvet." …

Part of the film was shot on the Monterey Peninsula, with the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links visible in the background.…

The horse, "The Pie" in the movie but King Charles in real life, was a grandson of the great Man o' War.…

Noting that Chad Ochocinco is trying out for a Major League Soccer team, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald writes, "If he makes it, this means vuvuzelas will be only the second-most annoying thing at a soccer match." …

David Thompson, star of the North Carolina State team that ended UCLA's run of seven consecutive titles, recently told the Sporting News, "Not very many can say they beat a John Wooden UCLA team in the Final Four." …

Wooden's teams, in fact, were 20-2 at the Final Four, not including a split of two consolation games.…

Phil Mickelson is winless since the Masters.…

Jim Murray once wrote of spring training, "It's a time when every team is the 1927 Yankees, every rookie is on his way to Cooperstown and every manager is a certified genius." …

Then the season intrudes.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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