With a huge lead in the second half, the Lakers expected to send the Suns home to Pheonix after regulation, but the Arizona team stayed and battled out a triple OT. Still, the Lakers managed to win 139-137 on Tuesday night, according to USA Today.
Kobe Bryant scored 42 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, a season-high for the Lakers star.
The Suns rallied behind Channing Frye, who scored a career-high 32 points, and Steve Nash, who finished the night with 19 points and 20 assists.
Both teams were exhausted but thrilled the crowd that witnessed the first triple-OT in Laker's territory since 1969.
"I'm tired. I want to go home. I'm in the mood for pancakes," Lakers' Lamar Odom told the news source. Odom played for 55 minutes, substituting for center Andrew Bynum who was suspended for a flagrant foul against Minnesota last week.
"We play hard, and we compete like crazy. We were playing a helluva basketball team tonight, a team that's playing better than anybody in the league right now. They're 13-1 since the All-Star break. We had a chance to do something special, and we didn't quite get it done, so obviously it hurts," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry.
The Suns are scheduled to play Toronto back in Pheonix on Wednesday night.
"As bad as it feels, we just have to regroup and get ready for our game tomorrow," said Grant Hill, whose three-pointer forced the first OT.
According to Bleacher Report, Kobe is going for his sixth championship title and may have more than a few motivating factors behind him this season. With another title ring, Kobe would be tied with Michael Jordan. He would be two championships ahead of his old teammate Shaquille O'Neil. This year is also likely to be the last for coach Phil Jackson.