Ron Artest believes they will push this series to 7 games.
The Score: “We started to turn the ball over, but we will adjust and be back here for Game 7,” said Houston’s Ron Artest, who was limited to nine points on 4-of-15 shooting. “That’s the great thing about the playoffs. It’s not just one game. If it was easy a caveman could do it.”
“It was a really terrific effort, a great win, but it doesn’t do anything but just mean we brought home a seventh game and guaranteed ourselves a home-court advantage in this series,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who logged his NBA- record 200th playoff victory. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Bryant, who shot 10-of-19 from the field, didn’t play the fourth quarter. The All-Star simple wasn’t needed since the Lakers were up 40 points going to the fourth quarter.
“Today’s effort won’t be enough on Thursday,” said Bryant. “Every game you have to rebuild momentum. This is not a chump team. They will not roll over.”
The Lakers and Rockets have quite the playoff history, meeting seven times since 1981. LA has won four of the seven series, including the last two but Houston won the only time the teams matched up in the Western Conference finals, a 4-1 triumph in 1986.