Shaq on the clock (Mountain Standard Time):

10:10 p.m. – Shaquille O'Neal, who has been know to be moody after losses in the past, is all smiles as he meets with the media. "I want to show what a hard worker I am," he says of his numerous trips to the floor in Wednesday's game. "If I have to dive for a ball, I will dive." "Don't worry about me," he says he told his teammates of his role in the offense. "I'll get mine. Don't build the offense around me." Of his new teammate, dominating forward/center Amare Stoudemire, Shaq says, "I have to accept his role. I have lived in both worlds, the regular world and the superhero world."

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9:50 p.m. – While Shaq's ability to fit in with the free-flowing, fastbreak offense of the Phoenix Suns remains a question to be answered over the next few weeks, none can question his enthusiasm with his new club. He may have picked up more floor burns in his first game than he had in some seasons, diving all over the court, sliding into the crowd, doing a somersault, crashing into bodies all over the place. Shaq's numbers were respectable (15 points on six of nine from the floor and three of eight from the free-throw line, nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot), but nothing that Shawn Marion, one of the players he was traded for, couldn't have equaled or surpassed. Final score: Lakers, 130, Suns 124

9:25 p.m. – Shaq accounts for six consecutive points, scoring on two shots and getting credit for a third basket on a goaltending call to pull his team within one point. Lakers 115, Suns 114, 4:17 remaining in the game.

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9:15 p.m. – Shaq and Steve Nash combine on their first alley-oop play, Nash dishing the ball up for Shaq to slam home to give him eight points in the game. Lakers 109, Suns 108, 6:23 remaining in the game.

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9:04 p.m. – Shaq has an active few minutes at the end of the third quarter. He scores on a hook over Pau Gasol to tie the game at 87-87, slips a nice pass to Boris Diaw inside for an easy layup and shows his hip is no longer an hindrance, sliding across the floor and out of bounds in pursuit of a loose ball, moving with such force that he inadvertently sweeps a referee along with him into the crowd. End of the third quarter, Lakers 95, Phoenix 91.

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8:45 p.m. – Through the first seven minutes of the third quarter, Shaq was little more than a quiet presence. He had zero points and one rebound in five minutes. Lakers 83, Phoenix 79.

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8:18 p.m. -- Shaq finishes the first half with 12 minutes played, four points (1-for-3 from the field, 2-for-6 from the free-throw line), five rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and three fouls. Lakers lead 65-57.

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8:04 p.m. – Shaq and Kobe Bryant lock arms . . . in battle, not affection. Kobe fouls Shaq. Same old Shaq. He has missed four of six free throws. Shaq then picks up his third foul. Lakers 55, Phoenix 52, 2:14 remaining in the half.

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7:55 p.m. – Shaquille O'Neal returns after sitting out the first 5:27 of the second quarter. Without him, the Suns go on a 10-0 run after falling behind by 13. Lakers 45, Suns 42, 6:33 remaining in the half.

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7:40 p.m. – End of the first quarter, Lakers 32, Phoenix 29; Shaq – 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.