This game wasn’t the most beautiful thing to watch. The Lakers committed too many turnovers, had too many defensive lapses, and had too many offensive possessions that stalled out due to lack of ball movement. But the Lakers still found a way to win 99-98 and get back to .500 for the first time since 3 days after Christmas.
And it was mostly on the strength of Kobe Bryant’s ability to make some big plays down the stretch. The dunk above is the most obvious example, of course. Kobe obliterated Josh Smith on that amazing finish at the rim, but also had the game winning shot and two huge free throws on the Lakers final two offensive possessions that were the difference in this tightly contested game.
So, while there is plenty to dissect about this contest and much more the Lakers won’t be happy about when they review the film, a win is a win and the closing moments of this particular one were memorable. Focus on that and have a good night, folks. We’ll have more on this one tomorrow.