Kobe Bryant, Lakers Close out Nets, but Lose Pau Gasol in Process
NEW YORK -- There is no better closer in basketball than Kobe Bryant, an irrefutable fact he proved once again Tuesday night. Tie game, under three minutes to play, the Lakers without Dwight Howard (shoulder), Pau Gasol (foot) and Metta World Peace (suspension). Everyone in the sold-out Barclays Center knew Bryant was about to take over, and no one in the building could do anything to stop it. A driving dunk between Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries gave the Lakers a two-point cushion and a running layup two possessions later gave them a three-point lead over the Nets that they would not give back in a 92-83 victory.
More than an hour after the final buzzer sounded, a weary Bryant approached a podium a winner. Though he hardly looked the part. The Lakers lost Gasol with a potentially significant foot injury Tuesday, and who knows when they will get him back. Officially, the team said Gasol has plantar fasciitis in his right foot and will have an MRI in Boston tomorrow. Gasol said he heard a pop in the foot as he went down, and judging by the uneasiness in his teammates voices it could be some time before they see him again
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