Wednesday, May 20, 2009
What a Show...
Coming into game 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs between The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers, the most entertaining game I had seen thus far was in the First Round between the Celtics and the Bulls. Well that no longer holds truth. Last night's game was better then Exciting, it was nerve wrecking. My palms were sweating, my heart was beating faster then usual and what a great feeling that was.
I will say, that when the sun has set on the Legacy of Kobe Bryant, the only other player I may watch religiously would be Carmelo Anthony. His offensive game is like no other. With that being said, I was not a bit surprised as he came out and Burned the Lakers in the first quarter. At one point he had as many points as the whole Laker team. Melo ended up with 39 points and 6 rebounds, while dishing out 4 assists. His floor general, Chauncey Billups ended the game with 18 points and 8 assists while Kenyon Martin added 15 and grabbed 8 rebounds. Nene, although he fouled out, contributed as well, scoring 14 points and pulling down 5 rebounds.
The home team, slacked at first Allowing 30+ points in the first quarter but then settled down, playing from behind most of the game. Kobe Bryant didn't come out as strong as Carmelo did, but he was certainly holding his own. Bryant finished the first half with 18 points, and had a total of 40 points and 6 rebounds for the game. Edging out Melo. Pau Gasol had a solid game with 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Derek Fisher started out slow, but came through when he needed to, making some clutch shots ending the game with 13 points and6 assists. Lamar Odom also had a good game with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Trevor Ariza gets a whole lot of credit with this win, during the last 10 seconds of the game, he stole an inbound pass that was intended for Chauncey Billups, putting a solid stamp in the Laker lead. Los Angeles edged out The Nuggets in Game 1 of the Conference Finals 105-103.
With his 40 points, Kobe Bryant becomes the leader in 30+ points in a playoff game with 56 career games, passing his former Teammate Shaquille O'Neal who had 55 career Playoff games with 30 or more points. Congratulations to him. Game 2 will be Thursday at 9pm. Can we get an Encore?