Lakers Hit Bump and Game-Winner Against Bucks

December 17th, 2009 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

On Dec. 4, Kobe Bryant banked a miracle three-point shot at the final buzzer to give the Lakers a 108-107 win over Miami at the Staples Center.

Now, almost two weeks and one avulsion fracture of the index finger later, Kobe Bryant has done it again.  This time it was a step-back fall away 15-footer on the road to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-106 in overtime.

Bryant’s game-winner and his 39 points upstaged teammate Pau Gasol who had his first career 20-plus double-double.  Gasol scored 26 points and snared 22 rebounds.

But other than the play of Bryant, who had 42 points last night in Chicago, and Gasol, the Lakers’ first extended road trip of the season has been a bit of a struggle. The team is 2-1 but could easily be 1-2 or 0-3. 

Phil Jackson called tonight’s victory a “miraculous win.”  He wasn’t at all pleased with the Lakers’ performance in the middle of the fourth quarter when they allowed the Bucks to regain the lead.

Prior to the game, Jackson said that if the Lakers played the same way they played in Chicago, they would be in trouble.

He was right.  ...

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