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January 5, 2011
Lakers tonight AT PHOENIX Time: 7:30 PST On the air: TV: Channel 9, ESPN; Radio: 710; 1330. Where: US Airways Center. Records: Lakers 24-11; Suns 14-18. Record vs. Suns: 1-1. Update: The Suns have struggled since shaking up their roster by trading Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. The Suns have lost five of their last six games, including a 94-89 setback Sunday at Sacramento.
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October 25, 2013 | Wire reports
The Washington Nationals will name five-time All-Star third baseman Matt Williams to be their new manager, according to multiple reports. Williams, 47, will replace Davey Johnson, who retired at the end of the regular season. It is Williams' first managerial job at any level. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks' coaching staff in 2010 as a first base coach but was most recently the third base coach. Williams, 47, starred for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians in addition to Diamondbacks, for whom he also served five years as a broadcaster.
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November 16, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at Staples Center, but who will be leading the team from the bench isn't entirely clear. New Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated during his first Lakers news conference Thursday that he wasn't likely to step in until Sunday at the earliest. That could mean that the job on Friday goes to assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff for one last game, or that new assistant Dan D'Antoni might fill in for his brother. The Suns are 4-5 on the season, a half-game ahead of the 3-5 Lakers.
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March 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (36-32) have yet to win on two consecutive days this season.  After a victory Sunday, they have the chance to get their first such pair of back-to-back wins in 14 tries as they visit the Phoenix Suns (22-45) on Monday. The Suns, losers of four straight, are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference.  The Lakers lost in Phoenix on Jan. 30 in a game where Dwight Howard reaggravated his injured shoulder (torn labrum). The Suns almost made it two in a row on Feb. 12 but the Lakers had a fourth-quarter surge to win.  Kobe Bryant scored just four points with eight turnovers but Howard finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
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February 19, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Reporting from Phoenix — This was like listening to a conversation in code, without the subtitles to translate their true meaning. Whatever the subtext, Kobe Bryant's voluntary and vehement insistence that the Lakers' management owes Pau Gasol some clarity on persistent trade rumors is likely to have more impact on the team's future than the game-high 32 points Bryant scored Sunday in a forgettable 102-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center....
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January 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Suns 92 - Lakers 86 (end of regulation) The Lakers (20-26) lost a game they needed to win, falling to the Suns (16-30) in Phoenix with a fourth-quarter collapse. Where the lead was once 13, the Lakers were stuck on 78 points for almost four-full minutes.  The Suns had closed within five when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his injured right shoulder, clearly in a significant amount of pain Howard would not return and the Lakers looked frazzled, especially defensively. Michael Beasley had a huge night with 27 points on 12-20 shooting, along with five steals.  Beasley's lay-up under pressure with 42.5 seconds left proved to be the game winner.
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December 18, 2010
The Orlando Magic had every excuse in the world to fall flat. Pick any one of them ? they all fit fine for the Philadelphia 76ers. Lou Williams scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala had 21 and the 76ers beat the undermanned Magic 97-89 on Saturday night on a day Orlando made a pair of blockbuster trades that left the team severely short-handed for a night. Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help Philadelphia to a relatively easy victory over an Orlando team with only eight players available after two major trades.
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December 19, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
The pain in his right knee struck Lakers center Andrew Bynum with 5:27 left in the game Sunday, right after he scored on an offensive rebound. Bynum reported no swelling in the knee he had surgery on last summer, the same knee that forced him to miss the first 24 regular-season games while he recovered. It was Bynum's fourth game back, and it was his best effort. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, including five on offense, and one blocked shot in 17 minutes 39 seconds.
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December 1, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
It might have been a more plausible excuse had Gregg Popovich simply said he wanted to boost the sagging airline industry. The San Antonio Spurs coach sent his four best players home on a commercial flight before the final game of a six-game trip that included four games in five nights, all but guaranteeing a turbulent night for those who suited up Thursday against the Miami Heat. Nando de Colo, Matt Bonner et al., nearly pulled out a nationally televised stunner before Ray Allen's three-pointer with 22 seconds left helped the Heat hold on for a 105-100 victory.
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March 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
For the second week in a row, the Lakers won three out of four games. The one loss in Atlanta might have gone differently had Dahntay Jones been called for a foul on a crucial Kobe Bryant fadeaway.  The NBA later ruled that the play was called incorrectly by the officials - but the Lakers don't get any sort of redo. After two-straight wins, the Lakers have climbed to four games above .500 (36-32).  The coming week is light with just two games on the schedule. The Lakers gained another game and are now just two losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-20 . Monday at Phoenix Suns The Lakers haven't won on back-to-back nights all season.  Monday will be their 14th chance after their win on Sunday over the Sacramento Kings.
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March 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
For the second week in a row, the Lakers won three out of four games. The one loss in Atlanta might have gone differently had Dahntay Jones been called for a foul on a crucial Kobe Bryant fadeaway.  The NBA later ruled that the play was called incorrectly by the officials - but the Lakers don't get any sort of redo. After two-straight wins, the Lakers have climbed to four games above .500 (36-32).  The coming week is light with just two games on the schedule. The Lakers gained another game and are now just two losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-20 . Monday at Phoenix Suns The Lakers haven't won on back-to-back nights all season.  Monday will be their 14th chance after their win on Sunday over the Sacramento Kings.
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January 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Suns 92 - Lakers 86 (end of regulation) The Lakers (20-26) lost a game they needed to win, falling to the Suns (16-30) in Phoenix with a fourth-quarter collapse. Where the lead was once 13, the Lakers were stuck on 78 points for almost four-full minutes.  The Suns had closed within five when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his injured right shoulder, clearly in a significant amount of pain Howard would not return and the Lakers looked frazzled, especially defensively. Michael Beasley had a huge night with 27 points on 12-20 shooting, along with five steals.  Beasley's lay-up under pressure with 42.5 seconds left proved to be the game winner.
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December 1, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
It might have been a more plausible excuse had Gregg Popovich simply said he wanted to boost the sagging airline industry. The San Antonio Spurs coach sent his four best players home on a commercial flight before the final game of a six-game trip that included four games in five nights, all but guaranteeing a turbulent night for those who suited up Thursday against the Miami Heat. Nando de Colo, Matt Bonner et al., nearly pulled out a nationally televised stunner before Ray Allen's three-pointer with 22 seconds left helped the Heat hold on for a 105-100 victory.
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February 19, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Reporting from Phoenix — This was like listening to a conversation in code, without the subtitles to translate their true meaning. Whatever the subtext, Kobe Bryant's voluntary and vehement insistence that the Lakers' management owes Pau Gasol some clarity on persistent trade rumors is likely to have more impact on the team's future than the game-high 32 points Bryant scored Sunday in a forgettable 102-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center....
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January 5, 2011
Lakers tonight AT PHOENIX Time: 7:30 PST On the air: TV: Channel 9, ESPN; Radio: 710; 1330. Where: US Airways Center. Records: Lakers 24-11; Suns 14-18. Record vs. Suns: 1-1. Update: The Suns have struggled since shaking up their roster by trading Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. The Suns have lost five of their last six games, including a 94-89 setback Sunday at Sacramento.
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December 19, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
The pain in his right knee struck Lakers center Andrew Bynum with 5:27 left in the game Sunday, right after he scored on an offensive rebound. Bynum reported no swelling in the knee he had surgery on last summer, the same knee that forced him to miss the first 24 regular-season games while he recovered. It was Bynum's fourth game back, and it was his best effort. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, including five on offense, and one blocked shot in 17 minutes 39 seconds.
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June 10, 2009 | George Diaz
This is what an NBA Finals victory feels like. It starts with cheerleaders and Stuff the mascot rappelling from the rafters, and a flurry of pyrotechnics and smoke. It ends with fans screaming "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!" and confetti falling on the court. Amway Arena celebrated the return of the NBA Finals after a 14-year absence Tuesday night. What a night it was. The Magic held off the Lakers to win Game 3, 108-104. There is life again for a team that returned to Orlando scrambling to find its mojo to get it back in the series.
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December 18, 2010
The Orlando Magic had every excuse in the world to fall flat. Pick any one of them ? they all fit fine for the Philadelphia 76ers. Lou Williams scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala had 21 and the 76ers beat the undermanned Magic 97-89 on Saturday night on a day Orlando made a pair of blockbuster trades that left the team severely short-handed for a night. Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help Philadelphia to a relatively easy victory over an Orlando team with only eight players available after two major trades.
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