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Los Angeles Clippers are no longer punch lines to NBA jokes (Slam! Sports) LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, the Clippers were mostly dreadful, the laughingstocks of the NBA. Not anymore. A team once synonymous with losing, mismanagement and ineptitude on every level is now simply one of the league's best.

Clippers Beat Suns to Force Game 7 (AP via Yahoo! News) Elton Brand and the Clippers became the second team from Los Angeles to take the Phoenix Suns to the limit in these playoffs. Unlike the Lakers, the Clippers will take some momentum into Game 7.

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Bryant named to All-NBA First Team
Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant was named to the 2005-06 All-NBA First Team. Bryant led the NBA this past season in scoring with 35.4 points per game, while posting totals of 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. The honor is Bryant’s fourth All-NBA First Team selection.

Suddenly, These Clippers Have Star Appeal (Los Angeles Times)
"So, do you think this could ever become a Lakers town again?" asks Mark Heisler of the LOS ANGELES TIMES. "People keep asking whether this could ever be a Clippers town. In case you haven't noticed, it's already a Clippers town."

Kobe tied with Jason Kidd for the All-Defensice team
NEW YORK -- Leading vote-getter Bruce Bowen and defensive player of the year Ben Wallace were among six players who made the NBA All-Defensive first team Thursday.

Bowen received 55 points, one more than Wallace, in making the All-Defensive team for the sixth consecutive season. The San Antonio forward is regarded as one of the league's best defenders for his ability to contain anyone from small guards to big forwards. Wallace was selected to the first team for the fifth straight year. The Pistons center recently was chosen as the league's top defensive player for the fourth time in five years.

Lakers lose upset in Game 7
The Suns became only the eighth NBA team in history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit with their 121-90 home victory over Los Angeles on Saturday in Game 7.

Suns win Thriller in OT
LOS ANGELES, May 4 (Ticker) -- Tim Thomas would not let the sun set on the Phoenix Suns' season.

Thomas drained a game-tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation and the Suns took control in overtime en route to a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers that forced a decisive seventh game in their Western Conference first-round series.

Lakers get demolished PHOENIX, May 2 (Ticker) -- Boris Diaw was named Most Improved Player in the NBA this week. On Tuesday, he helped the Phoenix Suns improve their chances of getting to the next game.

Lakers' Brown Remains Subject of Probe (Washington Post)
Lakers center Kwame Brown is still the subject of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that was reported weeks ago.

Kobe drills game winner, and Lakers win dramatically
LOS ANGELES, April 30 (Ticker) -- Steve Nash gave Kobe Bryant a chance to be the hero. Nash had a critical turnover in the final seconds of regulation and another gaffe in the waning moments of overtime before Bryant drained a jumper as time expired, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a thrilling 99-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

Los Angeles forces Game 7 vs. Suns (Columbus Telegram)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elton Brand and the Clippers became the second team from Los Angeles to take the Phoenix Suns to the limit in these playoffs. Unlike the Lakers, the Clippers will take some momentum into Game 7.

Lakers tread water but finally sink Orem (Deseret Morning News)
Playing against Orem in the first round of the 4A boys soccer playoffs Wednesday, the Bonneville Lakers struggled to get going against the Tigers' imposing defense.





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