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Kobe Banks in Game Winning 3; Lakers top Heat 108-107

 

 

 

With 3.2 seconds left and the Lakers down by 2, there is no question where the ball is going for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant’s initial intention was to drive to the hoop for the tying basket, but his foot slipped on the in-bound pass and he was forced to take a tough, off-balance 3-point shot with Dwayne Wade’s hand in his face. Even when everything for the Lakers went wrong in that one possession, Kobe Bryant was able to make it all right when his straightaway 3-point shot banked in as the buzzer sounded.

This was a great end to an already sensational night by the Laker superstar – 33 points from 12/25 shooting, with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. While Dwayne Wade’s shooting was not as spectacular – 7/21 – he flirted with another triple double by adding 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The duel between the two US Olympic teammates was the buzz for the night and both delivered competitive performances to give each of their respective teams a chance to win.

 



Emotions were flaring especially during the shoving match between Lamar Odom and Jermaine O’Neil leading to Odom’s ejection with 5:03 left to play. Both players received technical fouls after a shoving match, but it was Odom’s second, ejecting him late in the game.

Wade hit an awkward one-handed shot with 49 seconds left to put the Heat up 102-100, and when he hit his two free-throws to extend the lead to 106-102, it seemed the Heat were on their way to their first road win against the Lakers in the last six games against them. However, Derek Fisher showed his clutch shot as he drained his only 3-pointer of the night with 4.3 seconds left, setting the stage for Bryant’s game winning heroics.

 

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Pau Gasol continued his strong play ever since returning from injury by adding to the Lakers effort with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Andrew Bynum also continued his strong play with 19 points, and 8 rebounds.

The win kept the Lakers atop of the overall NBA standings and gave the Heat their eighth loss in twelve games.

 

 

 

By: Vik Mediratta
Pro Basketball Fans LA Lakers Correspondent


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