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|Lakers Beat Suns to Set Up Rematch With Boston
|PHOENIX (AP) -- Get ready, Boston. Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers want a rematch.
Bryant wrapped up a magnificent series with 37 points, Ron Artest added 25 and the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 111-103 on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals 4-2.
The Lakers and Celtics, the NBA's premier teams for much of the league's history, will meet in the finals for the 11th time with Game 1 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Bryant scored nine points in the final 2 minutes, including what looked like an impossible 23-footer with Grant Hill in his face and 34 seconds to play. The basket put Los Angeles up 107-100 and the scrappy Suns were finished.
Amare Stoudemire, in what may have been his last game with the Suns, scored 27 points but struggled to a 7-of-20 shooting night. Steve Nash had 21 points and nine assists in his 118th playoff game, the most for anyone who has never reached the finals.
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