Posted by: John Adams | February 6, 2009

Lakers 110, Celtics 109 F/OT

Kobe Bryant celebrates a win over the Boston Celtics.

Kobe Bryant celebrates a win over the Boston Celtics.

Call that what you will, but whatever you do, don’t you dare call that just another game. The numbers don’t lie:

  • Four quarters of ferocious competition, plus five extra minutes of overtime.
  • Six missed free throws by the Lakers in the second half to fall behind in a close game.
  • Three crucial three-pointers by Kobe Bryant with Paul Pierce in his face to make up the difference.
  • One nifty defensive stop on Pierce by Bryant at the end of regulation.
  • Two clutch free throws by Lamar Odom to take the lead for L.A.
  • One more defensive stop at the end of the game as Gasol blocked Ray Allen’s desperation three.
  • 2-0 for the Lakers on the season against Boston.

All that leading to the only numbers that matter: 110-109, your final in overtime. If this is what they can do on the road, without Bynum, after a series of blown opportunities in the second half, then all I can say is this:

Welcome to the new regime.

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