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April 20, 1989 | DAN HAFNER
Magic Johnson has guaranteed that the Lakers will win the Pacific Division, but it's become obvious that they'll have to do it on their own. The Phoenix Suns aren't about to make it easy. They intend to finish out the season with victories. Kevin Johnson scored 10 of his 21 points in the third quarter Wednesday night at Miami to lead the Suns to a 117-91 victory, tying the club record of nine straight wins. The Suns, who trail the Lakers by just one defeat, have two games left.
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May 27, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
That 29-point comeback victory in Seattle two weeks ago was memorable, no question. But to the Lakers, this win was their most challenging and most difficult to acquire, particularly because of the venue. Returning to the scene of three lopsided regular-season losses for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Friday night, the Lakers fended off repeated Phoenix Suns' comebacks to win, 110-107, and take a three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series. Winners of all 10 of their playoff games and only one victory away from a return to the National Basketball Assn.
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May 21, 1989 | Scott Ostler
Add to the Lakers' dazzling repertoire of moves and grooves this new one: Bonding. It's like what happens in the hip TV beer commercials, where a yuppie outdoorsman discovers the meaning of life while trout-fishing or rock-climbing with his male-model buddies in the only wilderness spot in the world not infested by mosquitoes. That's male-model bonding, that heartwarming mountain-top camaraderie. The Lakers now have a variation of it. Laker Coach Pat Riley explained it when talking about what happened when Magic Johnson fouled out with 2:23 left in the game Saturday.
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May 27, 1989 | Scott Ostler
In the stat sheet it was a three-point field goal, but in Laker lore it will go down as a genuine Magic miracle. With time running out in the first quarter, Sun guard Kevin Johnson hounded Magic Johnson in the backcourt. Trapped finally in the midcourt corner at the sideline, Magic threw a fall-away, tape-measure, half-hook that swished 55 feet away. "You can't give Magic that shot," said Phoenix columnist Joe Gilmartin. As Magic's momentum carried him past the courtside seats, he spotted a hand sticking out and shook it as he went by. The hand belonged to Karl Eller, a local businessman who was a part owner of the Suns when they first came to town, and who owns all those Circle K mini markets and who was probably putting up his hand to ward off the evil spirits that had infiltrated the Suns' gym. "I just saw a hand and I shook it," Magic said after presiding over the Lakers' 110-107 victory over the Suns.
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May 26, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Exhaustion gripped Kevin Johnson quickly and unexpectedly. He sat in the visitors' locker room at halftime, having scored 18 points and helping the Phoenix Suns to a four-point lead over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, when it hit. Suddenly, he felt spent, physically and emotionally. So, when his teammates went back onto the court for the second half, Johnson did not move. Shortly before the buzzer sounded, Johnson finally found the energy to continue playing.
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May 27, 1989 | Scott Ostler
In the stat sheet it was a three-point field goal, but in Laker lore it will go down as a genuine Magic miracle. With time running out in the first quarter, Sun guard Kevin Johnson hounded Magic Johnson in the backcourt. Trapped finally in the midcourt corner at the sideline, Magic threw a fall-away, tape-measure, half-hook that swished 55 feet away. "You can't give Magic that shot," said Phoenix columnist Joe Gilmartin. As Magic's momentum carried him past the courtside seats, he spotted a hand sticking out and shook it as he went by. The hand belonged to Karl Eller, a local businessman who was a part owner of the Suns when they first came to town, and who owns all those Circle K mini markets and who was probably putting up his hand to ward off the evil spirits that had infiltrated the Suns' gym. "I just saw a hand and I shook it," Magic said after presiding over the Lakers' 110-107 victory over the Suns.
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May 27, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
That 29-point comeback victory in Seattle two weeks ago was memorable, no question. But to the Lakers, this win was their most challenging and most difficult to acquire, particularly because of the venue. Returning to the scene of three lopsided regular-season losses for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Friday night, the Lakers fended off repeated Phoenix Suns' comebacks to win, 110-107, and take a three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series. Winners of all 10 of their playoff games and only one victory away from a return to the National Basketball Assn.
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April 27, 1996 | From Associated Press
The Phoenix Suns worried all week about how to guard forward Sean Elliott. A bigger problem turned out to be San Antonio's backcourt. Vinny Del Negro led the Spurs with 29 points, and point guard Avery Johnson added 18 assists and 12 points as San Antonio trounced Phoenix, 120-98, Friday night in their first-round playoff opener. "Avery has been doing it all year long.
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May 10, 1992 | From Associated Press
The floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a familiar track to the Phoenix Suns, and they had their running shoes on against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Suns, whose fast-break offense never got into gear during two narrow losses in Portland, raced to a 124-117 victory Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. Game 4 is Monday in Phoenix. "We were trying to be aggressive and take it to them from the start," said Jeff Hornacek, who scored 30 points for the Suns.
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May 26, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Exhaustion gripped Kevin Johnson quickly and unexpectedly. He sat in the visitors' locker room at halftime, having scored 18 points and helping the Phoenix Suns to a four-point lead over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, when it hit. Suddenly, he felt spent, physically and emotionally. So, when his teammates went back onto the court for the second half, Johnson did not move. Shortly before the buzzer sounded, Johnson finally found the energy to continue playing.
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May 21, 1989 | Scott Ostler
Add to the Lakers' dazzling repertoire of moves and grooves this new one: Bonding. It's like what happens in the hip TV beer commercials, where a yuppie outdoorsman discovers the meaning of life while trout-fishing or rock-climbing with his male-model buddies in the only wilderness spot in the world not infested by mosquitoes. That's male-model bonding, that heartwarming mountain-top camaraderie. The Lakers now have a variation of it. Laker Coach Pat Riley explained it when talking about what happened when Magic Johnson fouled out with 2:23 left in the game Saturday.
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April 20, 1989 | DAN HAFNER
Magic Johnson has guaranteed that the Lakers will win the Pacific Division, but it's become obvious that they'll have to do it on their own. The Phoenix Suns aren't about to make it easy. They intend to finish out the season with victories. Kevin Johnson scored 10 of his 21 points in the third quarter Wednesday night at Miami to lead the Suns to a 117-91 victory, tying the club record of nine straight wins. The Suns, who trail the Lakers by just one defeat, have two games left.
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October 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Six-foot-7 forward Xavier McDaniel was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the New York Knicks on Tuesday for forward Jerrod Mustaf, guard Trent Tucker and second-round draft picks in 1992 and 1994. "I was shocked when I heard," McDaniel said. "I thought something might happen, but I didn't know when. New York was one of the places I wanted to be traded to if I was traded." McDaniel averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 66 games for the Suns. For the entire season, he averaged 17 points and 6.
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January 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Boston Celtics could do little wrong Sunday. Kevin McHale sparked a 16-2 run with only the second three-point field goal of his career at the end of the first quarter and the Celtics went on to beat the Phoenix Suns, 126-118. "They got left-handed hooks, right-handed hooks, long-range shots, whatever they needed, they got," Sun Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said. "They played great. They shot the eyes out of it."
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