Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 5: Rubik’s Cube, All-Kobe Bryant Offense Dooms L.A.

June 14th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
One by one, in the span of 10 mesmerizing third quarter minutes, Kobe Bryant fired off shots like smart missiles.

He bagged a stepback triple. Ray Allen was there. Didn't matter.

He canned a floater with Kevin Garnett's hand inches way from blocking it. Didn't matter.

Somehow, even when he could not see the basket, he knew the ball would find the net.

In a locked down boardroom somewhere in the U.S., Lockheed Martin executives prepared to make him a lucrative job offer.

A few of the government's weapons control agents might have subpoenaed him for questioning.

The guy knows how to pull the trigger and hit a target.

He scored 19 points in the frame, seven away from a new all-time record for points in a Finals quarter.

Throughout Bryant's spectacular display, his teammates had to wonder if they, too, would get to bomb the village.

They never did, and the Celtics would learn less than an hour later that they survived to win 92-86 because of Bryant's barrage, not in spite of it.

As Bryant kept pouring it on in the third, Boston kept laying it in. The C ...

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