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Best February NBA Game Since Forever

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Was that a game or what? The Lakers staved off Phoenix’s charges to eventually pull out the 130-124 victory in Shaq’s Suns debut.

The Lakers looked a tad bit lethargic coming off their complete sodomization of the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Against most teams being a bit lethargic wouldn’t be a big problem, but this is the Suns we’re talking about here. Each time the Lakers went on a run, Sun’s coach Mike D’Antoni would take a time out and the Suns would cut the lead down to two points.

And there was Shaq. I was one of those people who laughed at the Suns for making this desperation move. I have told many a person that the only way I could see the Shaq move work is if he just stayed under the defensive board while the Suns run a four-man offense. But Shaq did surprise me. He got 15 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes and was as dramatic as ever at the free-throw line going 3-for-an-agonizing-8.

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What was really remarkable was that Shaq seemed quite spry even in the waning moments of the game. Nine of his 15 points were scored in the last seven minutes of the game.