Clutch. Smart. Tough. Beastly. These are all words that describe the MVP of the NBA Kobe Bryant, who lead the Lakers to a 110-109 overtime win in the Garden. The TD Banknorth Garden. Kobe took control of the game as soon as Kevin Garnett fouled out, and Paul Pierce switched over to him on defense. On two instances, Bryant stared right into Pierce’s eyes and proceeded to nail a huge three pointer.
That is what gave the Lakers a second life. But not only did Kobe make clutch shots, he also played stud defense. With six seconds left in regulation, the Celtics gave the ball to Pierce. As he got into position to take a potentially game winning shot, Kobe poked the ball out of his hands and gave the Celtics no shot of getting off a reasonable shot.
In the OT, Pau Gasol came up big. With the Lakers down 108-109 and with 17 seconds left on the clock, Glen Davis had a chance to make it a three-point game. Unfortunately for him, Gasol was in the lane and promptly stepped up and block Davis’ shot. Not only did he not allow the shot, he knocked the ball back to his teammates.
The play resulted in a foul on Boston, and Lamar Odom hit the game tying and game winning free throws. However, the Celts had one more shot to win the game. This time they put the ball in the hands in one of the best three point shooters in the game, Ray Allen. Allen’s fate was the same as Davis’. Pau Gasol went up and blocked the 25-foot attempt.
I think this was a big statement game from the Lakers. This gives Los Angeles the 2-0 series lead, winning at home and on the road. But, this game was much more impressive than the win on Christmas Day. Tonight, the Lakers beat the defending champs without Andrew Bynum, in Boston, and did it playing some of the worse basketball they have played all season. I think the Lakers are a shoe-in as the Western Conference Champs, Bynum. With Bynum, I think they sweep the Celts and take it to Cleveland in 6...
Kobe finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.