Veteran guard Baron Davis came up huge for the LA Clippers with a fade away buzzer shot, lifting his squad over the Boston Celtics 92-90 last night at the STAPLES Center. The younger Rajon Rondo was certainly challenging the 30-year old through the majority of the game. Rondo in total racked up 20 points and six assists, but failed to hit his free throws with 1.5 seconds left to set the stage for Davis in the end.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers after the contest addressed his teams unusual lack of control down the stretch. “The free throws didn’t bother me, honestly,” he said. “I would love for Rondo to make the free throws, but I thought, for a veteran team, we played with absolutely zero composure…We just didn’t play like a veteran basketball team, and I thought it was more composure than anything else.” Boston won the first three quarters despite being outscored in the fourth by six.
The C’s will try to start up a new streak tonight against the Golden State Warriors. They are scheduled to travel to Phoenix to matchup with the Suns this Wednesday before making their way back to the TD Garden to host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Boston Celtics tickets are available right here at Ace!
Kobe Bryant dropped 40 points to Kevin Durant’s 30 as the Los Angeles Lakers battled past the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-108 yesterday at STAPLES Center. The Thunder were in control through the first half with a seven-point lead before LA outshined them in the third quarter to earn their 16th victory in 17 games.
Following their long string of away matchups, the beat up Lakers still managed to come out on top. “They were sharper than we were, and we just had to work really hard,” said Pau Gasol. “You come in tired from the road, and the time difference has a little impact. I’m not sure why, but it does happen. Luckily, we were able to get past it.” Bryant was able to add to his 40 with eight boards and six assists. Gasol and Derek Fisher each contributed with 15 apiece as Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 12.
The young Durant was proud of his developing squad for competing with the defending NBA champions. “I know we don’t like to take moral victories, but tonight we showed a lot of toughness and a lot of maturity,” said Durant. “Even though it was a tough loss, we were right there at the end and could have won it.” Oklahoma will continue on to Phoenix to face the Suns tonight while the 23-4 Lakers prepare to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Longtime franchise player Kobe Bryant took control once again for his Los Angeles Lakers with 34 points, as they went on to defeat the New York Knicks 100-90 yesterday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Between Pau Gasol (11), Andrew Bynum (17) and Ron Artest (17), New York was simply unable to match the size and strength of LA through all four quarters.”We like to use our height to our advantage,” said Bynum. “It doesn’t do any good if you don’t have the right game plan and the right fundamentals, but we had that for the most part, too.”
Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson led the Knicks in scoring with 15 points apiece. The Lakers were up by as much as 24 before New York’s reserves came in to cut the deficit to 10. “We needed to shoot the ball extremely well tonight to have a chance to win, because their defense is predicated on making teams shoot contested jump shots rather getting into the lane,” said Knicks center David Lee. “And when you do get into the lane, they have two 7-footers in there. That’s why we needed to shoot well from the 3-point line. We put up 33 of them, and we didn’t hit as many as we should have.”
The Lakers will have a couple days to rest before they go up against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, November 18th. The Knicks are scheduled to host the Sacramento Kings tonight in the MSG at 10:00 PM.
Kobe Bryant netted 40 points for the 100th time as the Los Angeles Lakers avoided their third straight loss against the Detroit Pistons last night at the Staples Center. Detroit created a late game run after being down 25 heading into the fourth quarter, proceeding to outscore LA 30-18. Unfortunately for them not enough time remained, resulting in a 106-93 Lakers victory.
Bryant now trails just Michael Jordan (173) and Wilt Chamberlain (271) on the NBA’s list of most career 40-point games. “It’s a true honor,” said Bryant. “A lot of work went into it, and when I look back on that, I can’t believe I had 100 of those games. It’s just a good feeling.”
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Kobe Bryant led his defending champion Los Angeles Lakers with 29 points as they went on to outscore the Phoenix Suns 121-102 last night at the Staples Center. Steve Nash and the Suns have failed to beat the Lakers in five of their last six matchups. LA didn’t have any problems playing right along and overshadowing the Suns run and gun type style.
“It’s just tough matchups all around,” Phoenix said coach Alvin Gentry. “They just took us out of everything we tried to do. We miss a dunk, and they come back with a three-point play. We miss an open shot, and then they come down with a 3-point shot. They’re a great basketball team. I don’t know if they have a weakness, after looking around.”
Andrew Bynum in his first game back from elbow problems earned game MVP rights with 26 points and 15 rebounds. “I got my legs back, and I’m fresh,” said Bynum. “As far as the elbow goes, I’m going to continue getting treatment. It hurts a little bit, but it’s going to be that way for a little while.”
Jared Dudley led the Suns in scoring with 14 points off the bench. They are next set to host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. This Friday the Lakers will be tested in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals verses the Denver Nuggets.
Kobe Bryant after receiving his fourth NBA Championship ring went back to work with 33 points as the Los Angeles Lakers went on to defeat their in-town rival LA Clippers 99-92 at the Staples Center. Every Laker on the team earned a ring from their 2008-2009 title except for Ron Artest, who joined the squad after trading places with now Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza earlier this year.
Andrew Bynum on his 22nd birthday contributed with 26 points and 13 rebounds. While the Lakers were somewhat distracted by the banners, crowd and general memories of the summers events, the Clippers actually hung around. Eric Gordon, Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman netted 21, 18, and 14 in their efforts to stay with the defending champs. All it took was a Kobe/Odom take over early in the fourth for the Lakers to pull away.
“It’s always tough to play games after those kind of ceremonies,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson (Has won ten NBA titles as head coach with Chicago/LA). “Some of the energy is always difficult to maintain because there is a lot of energy that’s kind of dissipated when you go out and have that kind of ceremony. You’re not ready to step up and march to the tune of this season right yet.”
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Heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko and challenger Cristobal Arreola have recently reached an agreement to fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 26th. Klitschko was originally planning to brawl England’s David Hay until Hay ditched him, later signing a contract to fight Nikolai Valuev instead. In search of a new opponent the 27-0 Arreola was brought up a conversation. The 6-foot-4 250 pounder has not faced many notable opponents, but is coming off a fourth-round KO victory over former title challenger Jameel McCline. Trainer Henry Ramirez had some bold words for the match-up ahead. “He will fight his fight and he’s going to make history. We’re not coming for any moral victories. We’ve going to win the damn fight,” said Ramirez.
The Staples Center is familiar territory to Klitschko, as he fought two of the most significant fights of his career there. He once challenged the defending champ Lennox Lewis in LA, and collected his first piece of heavyweight hardware there after defeating Corrie Sanders. The 6-foot-7 250 pound Ukraine native holds a 37-2 record with 36 KO’s. Manager Bernd Boente commented on the upcoming fight, saying “I think this is a very interesting fight with two fighters who have great knockout percentages and only very few people think this fight goes the distance. … We are looking forward to coming back to the U.S. again, which is still a very important market for us.”
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Orlando led after the first quarter of game five; but like the rest of the series it was all Lakers from there on. Kobe Bryant had 30 points, nearly playing the entirety of the game. Seven years since his last ring, Kobe finally proved that he could do it without Shaq. The finals MVP averaged over 32 points a game, with 7.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds in five games against the East’s best. After losing the 2004 finals to the Detroit Pistons, and a humiliating 38-point loss to the Celtics in game 6 last year, Bryant and company dominated the Orlando Magic.
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Despite immense amounts of media hype, video game simulations, and commercials featuring everything from sports drinks to muppets; the NBA is not getting a Kobe/Lebron finals match-up. The Lakers/Magic finals series could be far more entertaining, as Orlando is a more well-rounded squad than the Lebron-centric Cavs. On the way to the championship series, the Magic eliminated the last two Eastern Conference Champions (including the defending NBA Champion Celtics), and beat a very capable 76ers team.
The Los Angeles Lakers were taken to the brink by a Tracy McGrady-less rockets, and traded licks with a very tough Denver Nuggets squad. While neither of the two teams have played as many as last year’s 7-game-series-heavy Celtics, both have been through multiple drawn out matchups with tough opponents. Expect Laker forward “Candy Man” Lamar Odom and his Magic counterpart Hedo Turkgolu to vie for most 3-pointers, as an undercard to the Kobe/Howard athletics.
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The Houston Rockets won a very physical game 1 against the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The Lakers fell behind early, and never managed to catch up again. “I think we were hungry to win the first game, like we had in the first game of the last (series),” Rockets Center Yao Ming told the AP. “We know we have to respect them. They will come back strong in Game 2.” Ming was briefly sidelined by a knee-to-knee collision with LA’s Kobe Bryant, but returned later. Yao hit a jumper and converted all six trips to the free throw line.
Despite a 32-point effort from Bryant, the Lakers fell short.”I’m fine,” Bryant said in a post-game interview. “My energy felt fine, I was OK. “We just blew some defensive assignments at key moments.” Los Angeles looks to take advantage of home court advantage in game 2, scheduled for Wednesday night at 10:30pm Eastern.
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