Victorious, the Lakers are moving on, but it wasn’t a series to remember by any means. They did make it through though, with only a few more injuries than reported before the start of the playoffs.
Trailing 94-93 with under 10 seconds left, the stage was set, it was Kobe’s time to shine. The lane was clear, Kobe drove right on the defender Westbrook but then quickly stepped back for a fadeaway 2-pointer. The shot was off, but 7-foot forward Pau Gasol was there to tip-in the rebound, putting the L.A. up 95-94 with 0.5 seconds left.
Until the end of the game, Pau Gasol was really a non-factor on the offensive end but picked up the slack by grabbing 18 rebounds. Bryant was a superstar in Game 6, scoring a game high 32-points on 12-25 shooting, and added 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Bynum and Gasol will the be the KEY to the Laker success in the next round. One healthy 7-footer, can set the stage, but two healthy 7-footers ensures an NBA Title.
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