the closing step back jumper from Chris Paul over Kobe right here.
The Lakers did their best to tear up the script late on by climbing out of a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter and closing to 99-97 with two minutes remaining.
However, Paul shut the door on the Lakers, scoring the final eight points for his team, including a tough step-back jumper over the outstretched Bryant in the waning moments.
I saw a lack of answers in every position with the Lakers, especially Chris Paul. He knew that he had a green light all night with whoever was guarding him.
The Lakers’ point guards were on skates anytime they became matched up with him. And as much as I respect Kobe, at this point in his career, he cannot guard Chris.
With Blake in foul trouble the entire night and only playing 28 minutes, and our leading scorer Crawford not even playing, we still dominated the entire game.
I wish the Lakers the best, but there’s two teams in their division that are much better.
“Look at the difference between our team and theirs. They just play together. They share the ball. Everybody’s excited when something happens. We have to be like that to be a great team.”