Did the Lakers blow this game or did the refs hand it to the Cavs with the Fisher no-call in the end? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think! *sigh*

Yahoo! Sports: The two superstars wanted to guard each other in the final moments: Kobe on LeBron. LeBron on Kobe.

It had to end like that.

“I didn’t even ask,” James said. “I just told Sasha (Pavlovic) to go somewhere else.”

James scored 33 points and shut out Bryant when the NBA’s top two scorers went one-on-one in the final 2:23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a dismal loss with a 94-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

James added 10 rebounds and five assists. But it was his pressure on Bryant in the final minutes that helped the Cavs recover from a lousy defensive effort in a 108-90 loss at New York on Wednesday night.

James relished the chance to match up with a player he believes is the league’s best with the ball.

“If you want to win, you have to be able to defend the best player,” James said. “I think we both took on the challenge.”

Bryant finished with 21 points, but missed two shots with James chasing him and the Lakers went 0-for-8 from the floor in the final 4 minutes.

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  • magicbalala245

    a stupid call once again the refs hand King James and the Cavs another W against the Lakers. Way a go the NBA is really trying to make Kings James to look better then Kobe and more Heroic then Kobe NBA stands for

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    Association

  • Sako

    it was fixed, where was the foul at the end with fisher, there was no foul. Everything in this world is fixed: games, elections, reality shows, etc.

  • LakersFirst

    Reasons why the Lakers lost:

    - only 7 points from the bench (I always said this Laker will go as far as their bench takes them. The bench needs to score 30+ points a game for the Lakers to win)

    - too many second chance points for Cleveland.

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    i think the refs bet on this game, and thats why they called the foul on fish, because it was just ball….

  • Sako

    lakersfirst, were you watching the game, or are you just reading the box score? the reason why lakers lost is because it was fixed, they called a BS foul on fisher at the end

  • PHANTOM

    That was a horrible call at the end but the only reason we loss is that kb has a pulled groin and couldn’t put the dagger in at the end… He played great expecialy with the rebound at the end but we expect more than great with kb. Like reggie miller said he is 1a next to jordon or you can even flip it and put kb over mj.

  • AAA

    lebron is a bit#h

  • BRING ARTEST NOW

    dam im pissed

  • gugy

    It was a bad call but the Lakers could do better. They gave too many second chances to the Cavs. Yes, we were robbed, but we should not have to be in that position in the first place if we had played well.

    Hopefully the next game we do better.

  • nyla

    I left the arena with an upset stomach. It was one of the longest 2 hour drives home. Cleveland’s not as bad as their record, but losing to a team that got blown out by NY the night before is unacceptable.

    We better win these next two games!

  • http://yahoo maadtechlaker

    I didn’t watch the game why did lamar go for a three we had time and bynum should af sank atleast 1 free throw this the third game wve lost due to missed free throws near the end we need the next 2 giving us a chance to go 20/10 or 19/11 good postion to be considering our schedule.

  • AAA

    fu#k lebron

  • Edward

    Lebron has skill, but I do not agree with the statement in the article made, that says that Lebron’s defense was the factor that made Bryant miss his shot. I don’t think any single defender can bother Kobe’s long range shot, if he gets it off, there’s a chance it’s going in. I think he just straight up missed the shots. The game was there for the taking, I’m just disappointed that we didn’t have the tenacity or drive to go and get it. Lebron did great, Kobe did great… I’m just sad that we lost the 5th or 6th game this season that we gave away.

  • Flush Odumb

    This team will always be a pretender until we Flush Lamar.

  • Flush Odumb

    Too bad Sasha had his good game of the month against Chicago.

  • lakerfan81

    There were a few reasons why we lost this game. THe main one was that no one boxed out Verajao (and he got a way with a couple over the backs and pushes to get a couple offensive rebounds). Too many offensive rebounds for Cleveland. THe bench had a bad night collectively. It will happen, they can’t be great every night. Also Kobe was clearly hurt in the fourth quarter. I don’t know if he re-aggravated the injury or if it was just hurting him after at the end of a tough game, but he was clearly hurt.

    The Fisher call was a bad call. They happen throughout the game, but that one just happened to be at the end of the game. Should have been a no call.

  • http://hellbydante.deviantart.com hellbydante

    lamar disappeared in the second half….

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    I think teams should be able to send up tapes of what they think were bad calls and if the league agrees that it was a bad call the ref that made the call should be fined. If that happens then the refs will think twice before calling fouls like that.

    OMG Shaq, that is so true!

  • ab4sure

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    good point. and actually teams do send tapes to the league for questionable calls by the officials. They can be disciplined but i don’t know if they are fined. They might not get to work as many games as before i think.

  • MILO

    Why would you go for a 3 why not settle for a tie???=Phil is too old and does not like to go to overtime he always does this sh!t im asuming it’s him saying id rather loose than go to O-T Fuuuuuu-cccccccckkkkkkk!!!

  • LakersFirst

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    “Whah!!! the game was fixed, Whah!!! the game was fixed”

    Come on now, don’t be looking externaly for an excuse on why the game was lost. Lookin within. I saw the game. The Lakers lost because of the lack of bench play and because they let Cavs have too many second chance points. PERIOD!! You can blame the refs all you want but the fact of the matter is, if the Lakers bench had played better and had the Lakers limited Cleveland’s second chance points, then the game would NOT had been close and the Lakers would’ve stomped Cleveland and not in a position to lose is at the end. “Whahhhh the refs cost us the game”

  • YoLakers

    The Lakers are not “there” yet. With the current roster, it will take them a year or two to be in the elite category. They’re still a young team.

  • Michael_23

    Besides the refs fixing the game, Lakers took too many contested 3s in the last 5 mins of the game. I think they missed them all.

  • keep24

    I’ve said it a million times:

    What the Lakers need most is a coach. A coach that has the ability to call timeouts and make changes when they count. Phil does not do that! This is a young squad and NEED to be coached.

    Phil should have told ODUMB not to shoot threes. In fact, he should have told LO that if he jacked up another ill advised three he’d be benched.

    A good coach would have made adjustment to stop all those second chance points.

    You could have KG, Artest and Kidd on this team and we’d still lose these types of games.

    Coaches were made for these types of games and not the ones where you’re blowing out the other team by 15 or more.

    He should have stayed retired!

  • daboss1848

    I thought it was glaringly obvious:
    1) KB 8-22
    2) PJ letting a 16-0 run go undeterred.

    Bench played very few minutes, so there was never any flow they could get into. The rotations were asinine.

    EZ to blame LO – just because its LO…he was 9-12. By the way, the LO 3 was drawn up by the coaching staff. Standard for a coach to go for a win on the road.

    Game wasnt lost b/c of the NBA or the ref bias. Stop focusing on the last play you recall, view the game as a whole.

    Phantom, ur right – that KB board was beautifully executed.

    Having said all that – the NBA does love it when their posterboy gets the best of the “tainted one”.

  • ab4sure

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    Wow, was PJ how there shooting that three??? I could have sworn it was Kobe. Kobe did what kobe did.

  • e

    reason’s why we lost last night…

    1. why was it that varejao was getting so many rebounds..no one boxed him out..we had so many chances to win last night only if we didnt give them second opportunity points.

    2. bullshit call at the end…but go figure..if u look at it, whenever its at the end of the game, and there is a few more seconds left, refs just wanna go home (obviously thats not a valid excuse)so they either call a foul for the leading team or they just dont call anything..either that or those f#$%ing cunts had some money on this game…

    3. kobe’s injury has made it so that he’s having to shoot more jump shots…i hope to see him be more explosive once he fully recovers, and i even half expect him to take lebron’s spot in the scoring department come mid season

    and for ppl that wonder why kobe went for the three, its not pj’s fault or kobe’s…its simple, when ur on the road, u typically just go for the three to end the game..however, looking ahead, philly and ny coming up..not too bad for our record

  • Edward

    Most teams on the road will go for the win. Look how it turned out? We had out chances with two foul shots, and the board off the two misses, they did well and had their chances. We couldn’t capitalize, and that’s that. If they went overtime, today’s game would be horrible, the players would be too tired. I just hope they show up to this game against the 76ers without any remorse from this last game. Phil made the right call on telling them to go for 3, with time running down, if they made it they would force Cleveland to have to make the shot, and everyone knows no one on that team can make a clutch shot except Lebron, and he even has trouble. Odom had a good look, and players don’t just jack up 3s, that was probably the play PJ drew up.

  • Flush Odumb

    Kobe has sure been missing a lot of shots lately. He forces too many shots and his percentage suffers. Hopefully we can bounce back and win the next two.

    Lame-ar will never be one to count on when the game is on the line. He has the basketball IQ of a walnut.

  • mplakers

    a few people around me today were trying to blame bynum for missing two free throws late in the game and i have three reactions.

    1) i’ve been telling everybody not to give too much praise for the youngster…this is basically his coming out rookie year.

    2) on the other hand, kobe and lamar get paid the big mullah. kobe is supposedly slightly injured so where was lamar in the finish?

    3) remember when phil drew a play for toni kukoc to take a game winning shot instead of pippen and pippen refused to go in the game? so why doesn’t he have the guts to draw a play for our three point specialists vlad or sasha or derek? isn’t it about time those guys are counted on to finish games particularly if kobe is supposedly limping?

    one of my coaching mentors (coached a successful high school program for 10 years) once game me good advice.

    if a team loses by 30-40-50 points it’s the players’ faults because the coach has to make numerous adjustments in order to try and win the game and that means the players are not executing. however, if a team loses by 2-4-6 points it’s the coaching staff’s fault because all they needed to do was make 1,2,3 adjustments here or there which would have won the game.

    does that apply here? what do you guys think?

  • LakersFirst

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    Coaching is done at practice, not during games. Games is where the players have to figure it out and beat the adversity. Phil = 9 titles, hall of fame,

  • e

    phil’s coaching is fine…the biggest thing last night was rebounds…the win would have been ugly, but nonetheless it would be a W..and rebounds cannot be blamed on the coach, only on the players..we had bynum and odom out there…and they could take one out of varejao’s hands…kobe was able to after the missed free throw..why couldnt bynum and odom..lack of aggression and terrible positioning by both

  • jack

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    Where do you ppls get this sort of ideas from??? Do you even know what you are saying? or just putting words togethe? I think someone neeeds a brain flush!

  • LA Forever

    i was mad when lakers lost that game, lakers did great that game and that 16-0 run WAS STUPID RUN I EVER SEEN. Lakers could of won that game, and that call was so stupid as hell and how come pj did not go up and talk to the refs about it . We better get 2 wins the upcoming games. mabe go 17-10 not bad and then another win against Suns, Jazz, Boston

  • keep24

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    What do you call a 16-0 run? Luck?

    that’s bad coaching. I don’t care about the 9 titles. Phil has never won a ring with a team that really needed to be coached. I’m talking about the x’s and O’s of basketball.

    Both the Bulls and the Lakers of those era were bound to win a title. They all three peated not because those teams were that good.

    The last time Phil needed to coach was against the Pistons in 04, and he lost because he was unable to make adjustments.

    Coaching, during the game, is all about adjustments. If all the coaching is done during practice, why have the coach show up for the game at all?

    For $12 mil a year, he better get off his a$$ and coach.

    16-0? And, you draw up a 3 point shot for LO? Great job?

    Where can I sign up to be a coach?

  • daboss1848

    “Coaching is done at practice, not during games. Games is where the players have to figure it out and beat the adversity.”

    That’s only partially true.

    Coach controls time-outs and substitution – both of which contribute to a win or a loss.

  • daboss1848

    Not to mention drawing up plays – for last second heroics, defensive stops, or standard out-of-bounds.

  • MILO

    Ab,
    i refuse to think that Kobe is doing what ever it is he wants, if anything Phil is the type of person whom would let it be known if Kobe was not doing what he drew up on the time-out.It’s not the first time this has happened they’ve done it too many times before there-for if Phil is asking them to go for the tie i think that is what they would do.I dont recall exactly how many games we lost like this last year but this year we already lost one when Vlady shot for the last shot and came up empty so it’s not just Kobe.I dont remember if that was for a tie or for the win but in any case why not try what Billups did against Boston?

  • LakersFirst

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    The coach can call timeouts all he wants and set up plays all he wants, it is up to the players to execute and the perfection of execution is done at practice and then applied to a game. I’m sure the Lakers have plays that they run at practice over and over and over again, but the Laker players need to apply it to the actual game. If they can’t do it, then the players are to blame, not the coach.

    And who’s the jacka** that doesn’t understand why the Lakers went for three in the end. I’ll talk to you in the childlike manner that you’re used

    - on road, no over time

    - Why, game next night and we have to fly to that game

    - Overtime means long night, not much rest

    - Equals tired players

    - which means tough game the next night

    - tough to win

    understand??

  • e

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    hahaha

  • keep24

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    I’m one of those jacka$$es!

    Who came up with that policy? that rule applies when, and only when you have an open KB, D-Fish, Sasha, or Vlad Rad, then and only then do you take the three.

    You don’t just have anyone jack up threes. Remember Robert Horry? That’s the type of player you want to take those shots.

    I thought this was a pro league? Tired? REALLY?????????

  • MILO

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    Well i think you might want to check the schedule the important and hardest game for us on this trip was Cleveland.They face Philadelphia today (not sure but they’re 9-15) wich is a team that the Lakers should beat easily.The Lakers had that game, one overtime would have not made much of a difference.So you’re philosophy is the one thats childish understand???????? ha ha ha lol

  • ab4sure

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    Kobe did what kobe did. That is all i said. PJ didn’t tell him to go ahead and shoot the three. Kobe made that decision. Kobe could have driven to the basket there if he wanted.

  • MILO

    LakersFirst,
    i think tonights win backs up my point what do you think???

  • Majic “Big” Johnson

    I second that.