Sunday afternoon NBA action

Two great NBA games on this Sunday afternoon.  So much to see, not enough time, and/or TVs!  Golf, Tennis (see next post), college basketball, and NBA (Kobe, LeBron, Melo).  What can I say?  OK, first the Knicks fall to the L A Clippers, 102 – 88 inspite of Carmelo Anthony scoring 42 points.

In what I consider to have been the marque match up of the day, Kobe and the Lakers lost to LeBron and company, 107 – 97.  This was a very close game through three periods.  The Lakers committed too many turnovers in the 4th period after having a very clean and efficient first three periods.  Kobe finished with 28 points and 9 assists in what has been a winning formula for the Lakers as of late.  Howard played and scored 15 points as did Steve Nash.  LeBron set a franchise record for the Heat, scoring 30 or more points in five consecutive games.  Speaking of LeBron, he has announced he will not compete in the Slam Dunk contest at this year’s All Star Game festivities.  There has been talk of him perhaps taking part in the 3 point shooting contest.  The All Star break will be after this week’s action.

The Lakers are headed home, overjoyed to be so I am sure, after a grueling seven game road stretch which they completed with a 4 – 3 record.  Would really loved to have seen LA beat the Heat in Miami but such was not to be.  The Lakers competed well, however, and one can only wonder what if they had played like this earlier in the year?  Perhaps they would not be scrambling to make the playoffs!


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