Lakers vs. Warriors 12/22/12: Video Highlights and Recap
The story for this game is the late collapse by the Warriors, who led 87-74 at the end of the third quarter. Jarrett Jack, Steph Curry and David Lee all went over 20 points for the Warriors, but they couldn't come through when it mattered most. Jack does deserve a shout-out, though, for hitting the game-tying jumper to send the game into overtime.
The Warriors suffered from a lack of offensive efficiency tonight, as Curry and Klay Thompson had 39 shots between the two of them, but only hit 14 of them.
Speaking of poor efficiency, Kobe Bryant had one of his worse nights, going for 34 points on a whopping 41 shots. Kobe only got to the line for one free throw, which he missed. This is probably just a fluky performance, and Kobe has always been a volume scorer anyway. Nothing to worry about here.
The bright spot for the Lakers, aside from the win, is that Steve Nash was back and played well offensively tonight. He racked up nine dimes and 12 points on an efficient 62.5 percent shooting performance.
The Lakers have a lot to be proud of in beating the upstart Warriors. They are no longer a pushover, and the Lakers needed to play well to beat them. With all their starters back together, the Lakers did just that.
Player of the Game—Kobe Bryant, SG Lakers
It's hard to give this nod to Kobe considering how inefficient he was with his 41 shots, yet he took over when it mattered most. In overtime, Kobe was dominant, and that performance gave the Lakers the game.
Worth noting is that Kobe racked up 10 boards for a double-double, so he made up for his inefficient shooting performance in other ways.
Kobe was at his very best at the most crucial moments in this game, and for that, he deserves serious respect.
Honorable Mention—Jarrett Jack, PG Warriors
In terms of who was the best player on the court tonight, that would be Jarrett Jack. Jack dominated this game, abusing Nash on defense.
Nash and the Lakers had no answer for Jack, who posted 29 points and 11 assists on 13-of-19 shooting. One of those shots was the game-tying jumper with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter, so Jack was clutch as well.
He couldn't come out victorious in this game, but Jack deserves credit for playing one of his best games of the year.
Goat—Festus Ezeli, C Warriors
Tonight could not have been much worse for the Warriors center, who scored just two points in 26 minutes.
Ezeli's eight rebounds were fine, but hi s six turnovers were not. Ezeli absolutely must play better with the ball in his hands, or the Warriors will continue to lose close games like this one.
This is too talented of a team to let a void at center doom them. The Warriors need Ezeli to step up, something he didn't do in this game.
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