The bank was open late Friday night, and Kobe took full advantage of it as he robbed the Heat of a win in Los Angeles.
Kobe capped off a spectacular night with a game winning buzzer beating three pointer as time expired in the fourth at Staples Center.
While everyone expected the Lakers to win this game easily, the Heat showed up ready to play. The Lakers didn’t necessary play poorly, but the Heat fought to the end, hitting big shots and contesting many Laker outside jumpers.
This game had a playoff feeling as two of the NBA elite went head to head for most of the game. The game also got testy when Odom and O’Neal got into a feud in the middle of the fourth quarter.
It was a really clean game as there were only 19 turnovers combined (only 7 by L.A.), but it was the Lakers poor shooting that kept it close. The Lakers did attack the offensive glass however, with 18 boards leading to crucial second chance points. In the end, it wasn’t pretty, but the Lakers found a way to steal this one at home in front of the Staples faithful who stayed until the end to see another Kobe dagger.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) I wonder who… maybe Kobe? If his 33 points, 7 boards and 3 steals weren’t enough, maybe that last second bank shot?
2) Bynum again was a force inside. 19 points and 8 boards for the big man.
3) Pau had 22, 8 and 4 tonight for the Lakers. He played quietly consistent all night.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Artest played some great D tonight, but he took some terrible fadeway shots. He needs to improve the shot selection.
Play of the Night: Kobe’s game winner, me thinks…
What to Look for Next Game: Suns come back to Staples Sunday night.
Ticket Info: Next home game is vs. the Suns. E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-221-7681 for info on how to lock these tickets up today!