Lakers 84, Suns 83
Apr. 05, 2000
PHOENIX (AP) _ Robert Horry made four big plays in the final 1:30, sending the Los Angeles Lakers to a 84-83 win over Phoenix and into the history books with their 10th victory in a row.
The Lakers became the third team in NBA history to have three winning streaks in a season of 10 games or more. Los Angeles had 16- and 19-game streaks earlier in the season.
Milwaukee did it (20, 16, 10) in 1970-71, and Philadelphia had streaks of 12, 10 and 10 wins in 1980-81.
The Suns had a chance to win it, but Cliff Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left. The rebound was batted around, bounced high in the air and wound up in the hands of Shaquille O'Neal as the buzzer sounded.
O'Neal had 32 points, but only one in the fourth quarter when he sat out 5 1/2 minutes with five fouls.
A free throw by O'Neal tied the game at 80 with 1:32 to play. He missed the second shot, but Horry tipped it back out to O'Neal.
Twenty-two seconds later, Horry was fouled and made both free throws for an 82-80 lead. He also hit a 20-footer with 33 seconds to play, giving the Lakers the points they needed to survive a 3-pointer by Robinson with 22 seconds left.
Horry had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Penny Hardaway had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, Robinson scored 20 and Kevin Johnson, making his home debut after two years away from his former team, scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.