I will say this for last night’s game: even though it was still a loss, it was better than Sunday. Neither team shot well, but both played good defense. It was an even matchup that unfortunately did not bounce the Lakers’ way.
Pau Gasol also played well, finishing with 19 points and 7 boards; Lamar had ten of his points in the final quarter, Artest had 13 and 5, and Kobe finished just one rebound shy of a triple double. The rest of the team really struggled offensively, like I mentioned, but the game itself was close and exciting the whole way.
It all came down to the last two minutes, of which the Lakers played good D. They held the Spurs scoreless, including missed signature shots from Ginobli, Parker, and Duncan, until the very end. The Lakers have been on the receiving end of many lucky bounces in their day, and last night was not meant to be unfortunately.
I’ve watched the Lakers lose some tough games, but I can’t remember many instances where it happened in such heartbreaking fashion. One lucky shot deserves another, so I guess it’s only fair in the scheme of things considering Derek Fisher’s 0.4 basket came against the Spurs. Not to mention the shots from Robert Horry back in the day… it didn’t make me feel any better last night though.
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