Saturday, May 9, 2009
Game 3: Take The Lead
Game three was the momentum factor in this Western Conference Semifinal if you ask me. With all the "drama" stirring in games 1 and 2, you went to watch game 3 asking yourself, I wonder what's going to happen tonight? Both teams came out strong. Houston having the advantage at home didn't really take command like I thought they should, and the Lakers kept a lead for most of the game. Towards the stretch, the more experienced Laker team closed out the game and took the win 108-94 giving them a 2-1 lead in the series.
Kobe Bryant led the Lake show with a game high 33 points and 6 rebounds, along with 3assists and 3 blocks two of which were on Yao Ming. Lamar Odom had a solid game dropping 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Pau Gasol added 13 points and 6rebounds. Trevor Ariza did his usual work with 13 and 5, while Jordan Farmar who played for the suspended Derek Fisher, stood up to the challenge with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 dimes.
The Houston Rockets played a fairly good game, but their defense was not enough to stop the Lakers' Offensive attack. Ron Artest poured in 25 points and grabbed 6 boards, Yao had a nice double-double with 19 points and 14 boards, while Luis Scola added a double-double of his own with 10 and 12. Carl Landry had a solid 10 points and6 rebounds off the bench. The Rockets came up short at home and fall to the Lakers.