PHOENIX 121, L.A. LAKERS 118 (OT)
PHOENIX (UPI) -- Kevin Johnson scored 10 of his 34 points in overtime to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 121-118 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.
The Phoenix point guard had played only about three minutes in the teams' two earlier meetings, both won by the Lakers at The Forum. He was ejected early in the first game and missed the second contest with a strained hamstring.
Johnson's two free throws with five seconds left in overtime iced the victory for the Suns.
Tom Chambers intercepted a pass by the Lakers' Earvin Johnson with two seconds remaining to kill Los Angeles' last hope.
Chambers had 34 points for Phoenix. Jeff Hornacek had 16, Mark West 15 and Kurt Rambis 11 against his former teammates.
West had 14 rebounds, Rambis 12 and Dan Majerle 11 as Phoenix beat the Lakers on the boards 57-42.
James Worthy led Los Angeles with 25. Earvin Johnson had 24 points and matched his career high in assists with 24. His 16 assists in the first half was a Veterans Memorial Coliseum record.
After a 26-26 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Lakers pulled out to a 58-50 lead at halftime and held their largest margin at 64-52 two minutes into the third quarter.
Los Angeles took an 81-76 lead into the final period.
Phoenix went ahead for the first time in the second half, 84-83, on a layup by West with 8:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Suns led 94-90 with 4:24 remaining, but Earvin Johnson hit a three-point jump shot and a long two-pointer to put the Lakers up 95-94 with 3:45 left.
Byron Scott's three-pointer with 1:50 left in regulation gave the Lakers a 101-98 lead. Chambers brought the Suns within 101-100 on a layup with 1:20 remaining.
Earvin Johnson hit one of two free throws with 56 seconds left to make it 102-100 and Chambers' shot from the top of the circle with 27 seconds remaining tied the score.
The Lakers had two chances in the final 27 seconds, but Scott missed a short jumper from the angle right and Green missed from the baseline.
The Suns trailed only once in the overtime, 104-102 after Earvin Johnson converted two free throws with 4:35 left.
Kevin Johnson sank four free throws in the final 11 seconds to preserve the win.
The Suns had 10 blocked shots, four by West.
A.C. Green scored 18 points and had 15 rebounds for the Lakers. Byron Scott had 18 points.