Once again Kobe Bryant showed the world that he is undoubtedly the BEST closer in the NBA. Bryant closed out the conference finals with a game high 37 points, Ron Artest added 25 points on 10 of-16 shooting in the 111-103 victory.
Los Angeles dominated most of the game. They led by as many as 18 in the second quarter and 17 entering the fourth. The Suns’ bench, led by Goran Dragic-12 points, helped facilitate the late-game surge. Dragic scored the first 8 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns, all while Kobe Bryant was resting comfortably on the bench.
“With a three-point shooting team like Phoenix,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, “you know that any lead is not impossible” to overcome.
But Bryant was too much, scoring nine points in the last two minutes hitting what seemed like impossible shot after impossible shot.
“Kobe’s so good, ” teammate Lamar Odom said, “he makes incredible normal for us.”
The Lakers move on to face the Boston Celtics, who advanced to the finals with a five game win over the Orlando Magic.
Los Angeles will be in search of their 16th NBA championship in their 31st Finals appearance.
Game 1 is set for Thursday night in Los Angeles and will mark the 12th time the two teams have played for the title.
Sources: Associated Press
Bear Heiser is a freelance sports writer and manages the blog @bearconsults