Two games in the NBA Playoffs last night, and both of them could have seriously swung the momentum in their respective series. Boston bounced back from a home loss with a big road win, and the Thunder stole a victory from the Lakers.
Boston 107 - Philadelphia 91
After losing game two in Boston, the Celtics were hearing the whispers that maybe the upstart and 8th seeded 76ers could take this series. Not so fast. Boston came out strong and dominated start to finish. Kevin Garnett continued his surprising playoff run, showing there's plenty left in his tank. KG led the Celtics with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Paul Pierce had 24 points and 12 boards despite a sore knee. This loss has to hit Philly hard, who figured to have momentum after a big win in game two in Boston. Now they're going to be feeling the 'must-win' pressure in game four, or face being down 3-1 heading back to Boston.
Oklahoma City 77 - Los Angeles Lakers 75
Oklahoma City never gave up and it paid off with a 9-0 run over the last two minutes to pull off a win over Los Angeles in game two of their series. Everything looked to be going the Lakers' way for 46 minutes, then missed shots, turnovers and bad play helped OKC steal the win and take a 2-0 lead. Kobe Bryant and company had a chance, but Steve Blake's wide open three from the corner didn't go in. Kobe can leer at Blake all he wants, but Kobe had one of the most atrocious turnovers possible, helping the Thunder erase the deficit. Kobe basically handed Kevin Durant the ball, who raced down for a dunk. The Lakers got the style of game they wanted and couldn't finish. The Lakers could take the loss hard and fold, or they could take it as proof they can slow down the quicker and younger Thunder and win two at home.
We'll see, as they have back to back games on Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.
Here's the terrible Kobe turnover. Maybe he forgot Durant has really long arms.
Article by Eric Gray