The Phoenix Suns were saved from being swiped out of the NBA playoffs when they routed the Los Angeles Lakers 117-98 in the Western Conference semifinals Sunday.
Lakers players were disgusted with their performance and Shaquille O'Neal refused to talk to reporters and coach Phil Jackson used only two sentences in the news conference, using coarse language to describe his team's performance, but still offering Mother's Day wishes.
Suns' Jason Kidd who has 31 regular-season triple-doubles, had 22 points, Cliff Robinson scored a career playoff-high of 32 points while Rodney Rogers added 17 points and Penny Hardaway had 16 to beat the Lakers for the first time in eight tries.
The Lakers, however, are still leading the series with a 3-1 edge and can seize the best-of-seven series at home territory if they win Tuesday.
JAZZ BEAT BLAZERS 88-85
The Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-85 in the Western Conference semifinals Sunday to remain in the playoffs.
Jazz's Karl Malone scored 27 points, John Stockton added 12 points and 11 rebounds leading the Jazz to their 3-point difference victory.
The Blazers are still leading the series 3-1 and will play Game 5 at Oregon Tuesday - (Agencies)
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