EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Ron Artest had perfect timing in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals — and not so much the next day.
Artest was fined by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday for showing up late to practice, several hours after his buzzer-beating layup clinched their 103-101 victory.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson says it was an innocent mixup by the forward, who showed up 30 minutes late after misreading the practice starting time on the locker room board following Thursday's win over the Phoenix Suns.
Artest scored just four points in Game 5, but won it for the Lakers on his rebound of Kobe Bryant's missed 3-point attempt.
Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 is Saturday night in Phoenix.
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