Phoenix routs L.A. to end Lakers' playoff hopes

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When the postseason starts, the Los Angeles Lakers' season will be over.

They didn't go out in style either, falling victim to a record-setting 3-point barrage by the Phoenix Suns.

Quentin Richardson scored 21 of his 25 points on 3-pointers, and the Suns routed the Lakers 125-99 Tuesday night to knock the defending Western Conference champions out of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

"I think in their minds we were eliminated before tonight," said coach Frank Hamblen, who confessed to trying to play everyone so that the front office can evaluate the team's talent to rebuild in the post-Shaquille O'Neal era.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/04/06/bc.bkn.lakers.suns.ap/index.html
 
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