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The Los Angeles Lakers crawled themselves back into their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 99-96 home win on Friday night. The victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals put the series at 2-1 with the Thunder still holding the advantage.
But the big story Friday came at the free throw line, where the Lakers hit an astonishing 41 of 42 shots from the charity stripe. In fact, both teams were outstanding from the line, as Oklahoma City hit 26 of 28 free throws as well.
But Los Angeles was simply incredible from the line and it got them the win.
Kobe Bryant led the way by hitting all 18 of his free throws, while Andrew Bynum hit 11 of 12 and Pau Gasol hit all four of his attempts. Metta World Peace, Steve Blake and Jordan Hill all chipped in by going two-for-two. Bryant’s 18-for-18 performance was not a record for the most free throws made without a miss. That mark is held by Dirk Nowitzki who hit all 24 of his attempts in a playoff game last season.
BEST OF MAXIM
After 16 seasons, you accept the proposition as a postulate: as Kobe Bryant goes, so do the Lakers.
So there were moments that felt like a seismic shift, not just in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Lakers and the Thunder, but in The Game itself. The transition is inevitable. Even the most possessed of souls, even Kobe Bryant, must bow to time. Toward the...
Kobe Bryant went 18-for-18 from the free throw line in the Lakers' gritty Game 3 win over Oklahoma City.
Kobe Bryant criticized Pau Gasol for throwing away a pass with 33.9 seconds remaining in the Lakers' 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday.
1.The Lakers were up 3-1 on the Nuggets but it took than 7 games to finish the Nuggets. The Lakers won this series because of one player Kobe Bryant. Bryant even battled the flu at the end of the series. For the series Bryant averaged 29.1 points per game, 5 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
2.LeBron James, the league MVP picked off right where he left off in the regular season...
Kobe Bryant has done some great things throughout his NBA career. He's won five NBA titles, and is a 14-time All-Star and a two-time league scoring champion. Those are all great achievements, but does that make Kobe the "The Great One?" Wayne Gretzky is the only athlete fit for that nickname, and a quick look at the hockey great's impressive resume is sufficient...
For my money Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are the two best players in the NBA, with Kevin Durant right are there trail. However in there last playoff games both Bryant and James came up small when it mattered the most.
In game two between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers LeBron James was the best player on the court for 46 minutes but at the end of the game he...
By Payton Wales
The Lakers are playing from a hole, a very deep hole. Marred by second guesses, lapsed concentrations and some old legs, it's not that the Lakers don't have the tools to dig out of the hole, but, as the old saying goes, the spirit is willing the body (and mind). Well, that's another thing. To make things worse, the Lakers will have to dig on back-to...
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers had the fight to the finish Friday night in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against Oklahoma City that they lacked in Game 2. The Lakers rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes and earned a 99-96 victory over the Thunder, avoiding the deadly 3-0 series deficit. Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, hitting all 18 of his free throw...
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