Monday, February 1, 2010
Kobe closes as Lakers beat the Celtics in the closing minutes
Kobe is the best closer in the game since Mike. He just has a mentality that few have. He is going to win at any cost. Yesterday the Lakers beat the Celtics 90-89 in another epic battle of bitter rivals. Kobe finished with 19 but made an incredibly difficult shot over Ray Allen in the closing seconds to seal the deal. How many times have we seen this guy deliver in the clutch? He scores on single coverage, double coverage, triple coverage, whatever. He just makes it happen.
The Lakers had the lead early but lost it at the half. The 3rd quarter was even but in the 4th the better team became apparent. Young Bynum played his best game as a Laker in my opinion with 19 pts. and 11 big rebs. He was a force in the paint. With Gasol and Kobe, Bynum gives the Lakers a legitimate 3 headed monster. Defensively LA held the Celtics to 16 points and several turnovers in the 4th quarter including a huge one on Paul Pierce's offensive foul on Ron Artest. Down 1 is all that Kobe needed to know. Kobe struggled most of the game due to nagging injuries finishing 8-20 but when the chips are down nobody does it better than #24. Kobe hit Ray Allen with the up and under fade away to ice the game. Boston had a chance to win but Allen missed on a 3 as time expired.
Phil Jackson tied Pat Riley for All Time Laker wins and Kobe is 28 points from being the All Time Laker scoring leader. Most importantly the Lakers are beginning to gel as a unit. 5-2 on their current road trip going into Memphis tonite. If this continues it could get ugly for the rest of the league.