There are no moral victories in professional sports. Deal.
Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks. That’s a pretty nice game but when he missed the potential game winner (great defense by Grant Hill) you all but thought a great game was fit to be tied but…
Ron Ron monsters inside, gets the rebound and somehow got an off balance put back off glass to win at the buzzer.
When competitors feel in game inferior because of their performance, they will do whatever it takes to feel apart of the outcome. Passion won over.
Steve Nash was pretty much allowed to score and rocked out…getting 29 points to go along with 11 assists. After Nash missed a three and got his own rebound, Lakers fans everywhere knew eventually the Suns would hit a three based on the percentages…Phoenix hits at a 41% clip. Jason Richardson missed a three and Channing Frye stole yet another Suns rebound…JRich gets one more shot and blasted it off glass with no cash to tie the game at 101.
This game was pivotal because the Lakers are now back in the driver’s seat regarding home court advantage.
Artest missed 7 shots..was 2-9…and missed all three of his three point attempts before the game winner. Phil Jackson wanted to pull him. He had just 2 points before the dramatic make and that included a wide open three pointer that badly missed with 22 seconds on the shot clock with about a minute to play.
This is why the Lakers signed Ron Artest. He offers a coach intangibles and a nuanced feel for the game you need this time of year when the pressure is heightened.
Nash had a great game and willed Phoenix back from 18 down. The Lakers were content with Nash scoring two point buckets and limiting his assists but the defensive philosophy almost backfired.
Alvin Gentry reminds me of that cool ass uncle in the huddle and is doing everything he can to keep Phoenix close.
He really needs Stat to do more.
Amar’e Stoudemire had 19 but pulled down a minuscule 4 boards. Channing Frye had 3 threes to go along with his 14. Jason Richardson had 12 and both Jared Dudley and Grant Hill had 10.
For the victors, Pau Gasol had 21 and 9, Derrick Fisher had a cool 22 and Lamar Odom stepped up again and had 13 rebounds and 17 points.
Los Angeles shot a paltry 41% from the field, 20-23 from the line and a pitiful 7-24 from San Diego
Phoenix shot 46% for the game, 20-29 from the stripe and an abysmal 9-27 from Lake Mead.
I thought it would go five…
Game 6 in Phoenix Saturday 8:30 EST.
|E. Clark||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Griffin||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Jones||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Mbenga||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Powell||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Morrison||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Bob Delaney
Time of Game: 2:38
– Coach (7:33 – 2nd Qtr)
– G. Dragic (9:43 – 4th Qtr)
– Team (3:42 – 1st Qtr)
– S. Vujacic (9:43 – 4th Qtr)
– K. Bryant (9:25 – 4th Qtr)