An Overnight Instant Classic

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – You went to bed early last night, huh?

No big deal. All you missed was perhaps the game of the year in the NBA. It was definitely an instant classic, the Lakers’ triple-overtime thriller over the Suns.

Here’s a quick video recap for those of you that needed your eight hours:

After watching the Bulls maul the Hawks in the first game of the TNT doubleheader, this game more than made up for it with dazzling players, big shots and playoff-level intensity from both sides.

We’ll have more on both games here later this morning. But right now just enjoy the highlights in the Daily Zap:

And the Top Plays:

67 Comments

  1. Jason West says:

    Im sorry guys im just a hater the lakers are best team in the league right now please dont be mad at me please!!!!!!!!

  2. Marcel says:

    Man, I wish this was how last year’s play-off battle between the Suns and Lakers ended. This seems more exciting than how it actually ended. Well, that’s what I think. :)

  3. ketakobe24or8 says:

    @ jasonwest
    YOU MUST NEVER PLAYED BASKETBALL HUH IMPEEDING A PLAYERS FOWARD PROGRESS WITH BODILY CONTACT IS A BLOCKING FOUL IM FROM L.A. BORN AND RAISED AND YES I AM A LAKER FAN TOO BUT DO U THINK THE REFS CAN COVER A GAME AND KEEP UP WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS FOUL TOTAL GIVE ME A BREAK IF IT WAS HIS FIRST OR SIXTH FOUL IT STIL WAS GONA GET CALLED NEWAY. AND WHEN KOBE SCORED 81 I WATCH DAT GAME FROM BEGINNIN TO END AND IT DID WE WAS GETTING HAMMERD INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER KOBE WAS BENCHED WITH ABOUT 5 MINS LEFT AND LIKE SUM1 ELSE SAID IT DIDNT LOOK LIKE HE WAS SHOOTIN ALOT IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS IN THE FLOW OF THE GAME AND IT LOOK LIKE HE HAD TO SCORE CUZ OUR TEAM WAS PLAYIN LIKE CRAP.

    ALLSTAR GAME HE WAS JUS SHOWIN THESE YOUNGSTERS WHO THE MAN IS AND I STILL GOT IT. KOBE IS ONLY 32 WE ACT AS IF HES 46 AND STILL PLAYIN. FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF A MAN WHO WAS JUS IN THE GYM AT 24HOUR FITNESS PLAYIN PICKUP GAMES YESTERDAY KOBE HAS A LARGE ARAY OF SHOT SELECTION HE IS EXTREMELY VERSITILE AND MAKE THE HARDEST SHOTS LOOK LIKE ITS ALL IN A DAYS WORK EVEN THO I FEEL SUMTIME HE CAN PLAY MORE IN2 THE TRIANGLE AND MAKE SUM OF THESE EASIER WINS FOR US AND PROLONG HIS CAREER BUT THE GUY IS A MONSTER ON THE COURT THE ENIGMA.

    LBJ IS GOOD I CANT TAKE NUTTIN AWAY FROM HIM BUT WE WILL SEE ANOTHER LBJ IN THE LEAGUE B4 WE SEE ANOTHER KOBE(BLAKE GRIFFIN). AND I DONT BELIEVE LBJ WOULD SCORE 81 ON 46FGA’S HE WOULDNT MAKE THAT MANY JUMPERS IT WOULD BE 32 OF THOSE WOULD BE IN THE KEY THATS DA ONLY WAY I SEE DAT OCCURING K.DURANT HAS A BETTER SHOT AT IT THEN HIM CUZ HE’S A BETTER SHOOTER IF RAY ALLEN HAD THAT MANY FGA’S HE COULD BUT IF WAS A FIFTH WE ALL BE DRUNK!
    THE REFS GO AGAINST THE LAKERS TOO ESPECIALLY WHEN WE PLAY SOFT THEY WILL NOT GIVE US NETHING IF WE DONT PLAY STRONG WHEN WE PLAY HARD WE GET REWARDED WHEN WE DONT WE LOSE TO THE CELTICS IN 6 GAMES. AND JUS THINK ATLANTA TOOK BOSTON THAT YEAR TO GAME7 IF ATLANTA WOULD HAVE WON THE LAKERS A BE LOOKIN FOR THERE 4TH RING CONSECUTIVELY

  4. ketakobe24or8 says:

    @ jasonwest
    YOU MUST NEVER PLAYED BASKETBALL HUH IMPEEDING A PLAYERS FOWARD PROGRESS WITH BODILY CONTACT IS A BODY FOUL IM FROM L.A. BORN AND RAISED AND YES I AM A LAKER FAN TOO BUT DO U THINK THE REFS CAN COVER A GAME AND KEEP UP WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS FOUL TOTAL GIVE ME A BREAK IF IT WAS HIS FIRST OR SIXTH FOUL IT STIL WAS GONA GET CALLED NEWAY. AND WHEN KOBE SCORED 81 I WATCH DAT GAME FROM BEGINNIN TO END AND IT DID WE WAS GETTING HAMMERD INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER KOBE WAS BENCHED WITH ABOUT 5 MINS LEFT AND LIKE SUM1 ELSE SAID IT DIDNT LOOK LIKE HE WAS SHOOTIN ALOT IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS IN THE FLOW OF THE GAME AND IT LOOK LIKE HE HAD TO SCORE CUZ OUR TEAM WAS PLAYIN LIKE CRAP.

    ALLSTAR GAME HE WAS JUS SHOWIN THESE YOUNGSTERS WHO THE MAN IS AND I STILL GOT IT. KOBE IS ONLY 32 WE ACT AS IF HES 46 AND STILL PLAYIN. FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF A MAN WHO WAS JUS IN THE GYM AT 24HOUR FITNESS PLAYIN PICKUP GAMES YESTERDAY KOBE HAS A LARGE ARAY OF SHOT SELECTION HE IS EXTREMELY VERSITILE AND MAKE THE HARDEST SHOTS LOOK LIKE ITS ALL IN A DAYS WORK EVEN THO I FEEL SUMTIME HE CAN PLAY MORE IN2 THE TRIANGLE AND MAKE SUM OF THESE EASIER WINS FOR US AND PROLONG HIS CAREER BUT THE GUY IS A MONSTER ON THE COURT THE ENIGMA.

    LBJ IS GOOD I CANT TAKE NUTTIN AWAY FROM HIM BUT WE WILL SEE ANOTHER LBJ IN THE LEAGUE B4 WE SEE ANOTHER KOBE(BLAKE GRIFFIN). AND I DONT BELIEVE LBJ WOULD SCORE 81 ON 46FGA’S HE WOULDNT MAKE THAT MANY JUMPERS IT WOULD BE 32 OF THOSE WOULD BE IN THE KEY THATS DA ONLY WAY I SEE DAT OCCURING K.DURANT HAS A BETTER SHOT AT IT THEN HIM CUZ HE’S A BETTER SHOOTER IF RAY ALLEN HAD THAT MANY FGA’S HE COULD BUT IF WAS A FIFTH WE ALL BE DRUNK!
    THE REFS TO GO AGAINST THE LAKERS TOO ESPECIALLY WHEN WE PLAY SOFT THEY WILL NOY GIVE US NETHING IF WE DONT PLAY STRONG WHEN WE PLAY HARD WE GET REWARDED WHEN WE DONT WE LOSE TO THE CELTICS IN 6 GAMES. AND JUS THINK ATLANTA TOOK BOSTON THAT YEAR TO GAME7 IF ATLANTA WOULD HAVE WON THE LAKERS A BE LOOKIN FOR THERE 4TH RING CONSECUTIVELY

  5. Krit3r24 says:

    Too much hating going on………. refs are refs and they will always call something that someone out there will find that its an unfair call even when its RIGHT!! When the call is wrong You just gotta live with it. The right calls and the wrong calls its all the same. In the end if your a good player it will show. Even if You get more chances to do something cause the reff calls something in your favor if your not a good player ur not gonna take advantage of it…. Im a lakers fan kobe all the way!! im not going to hate on LbJ hes a good player but yea he messed up his legacy when he joined the heatles…..
    by the way i read all these comments everybody posted so this really wont make sence unless u read all these b4 mine Deuces!!!

  6. Basketball Fan says:

    @Jason West

    This Kobe hating is getting extreamly old. Why is that everytime someone brags about the guy there is always somebody who has to say “he’s a ball hog” and “he’ll never be as good as Jordan”. The fact of the matter is that, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players of all time. His offensive prowess, defensive stops (Like the one on Grant Hill after the second overtime), and mind-blowing footwork is what makes him such a player. You also made a comment about the Laker fans bringing up the 81 pt game as a way to put Kobe on some untouchable level. This is only one of the great things that Kobe did (Outscoring the entire Mavericks team after 3 qt and having the most buzzer beaters in NBA history to name a few). Jordan’s switch from dunk to layup in the NBA Finals is an accomplishment that MJ lovers use to hold him in high regard. It’s these individual accolades that sepereate great players from legends. In regards to the Grant Hill foul, it looked to me like it could have gone either way. Kobe was trying to drive to the left and Grant Hill was slow picking him up. Due to his lack of speed he only had time to get his right leg in front of Kobe as opposed to his entire body like a defender should. Kobe rams into his knee and stumbles. Based on what the ref saw, he thought it was an foul. To say that this call effected the game so drastically is stupid. It was Grant Hill’s fault in the first place for having such a huge amount of fouls. You’ve got to give the Lakers credit for gutting this one out.

    • Jason West says:

      @Basketball Fan

      Even Steve Nash was upset with that call though, he even mentioned the 5th foul they tagged on Grant. And why does this keep turning into a hating on Kobe affair??? This has nothing to do with Kobe other than he was involved in the play…this more has to do with refs and the NBA.

      The fact of the matter is, the refs were letting aggressive play go on both sides the entire game and then 3 OT they decide to call a foul as tacky as the one on Grant??? It was a great game up until that point and if you’re a Suns fan that’s huge! They’re making a run for 8th seed and they’re best defender who had shut down KB in the OT’s fouls out on a cheap call like that? Other way around…no way does Kobe get whistled for that…and that’s where the NBA has gotten out of hand. Whether it’s the NBA favoring big market teams or “superstar calls” or both, it takes away from the integrity of the game. NBA is the only pro sport where a “superstar call” exists and is accepted…lol as if its okay for certain players to be exepemted from the rules of the game….And if your a Lakers fan you don’t care because you guys only see the beneficial side of those calls but for more small market fans…it sucks!

      • aachan says:

        the myth of kobe constantly being bailed out by the refs is nonsense. i don’t deny he was a ft magnet in his more athletic days (which goes without saying, he attacked the rim relentlessly when he had that explosive first step), but this year this certainly is not the case. i advise you to take a look at his stat line for each individual game this season and compare his shot attempts to ft attempts and you’ll realize there is no conspiracy (in fact, he is averaging less minutes, taking the same amount of shots, averaging same amount of points, but averaging 2 less ft’s a game than last year). in fact, for a 4-5 game stretch since all star break, kobe shot less than 15 ft’s. i guess he’s getting his superstar calls, yes ?

      • Joshua says:

        Just because the opposing teams lead player disagrees with the call doesn’t make it a bad call. Also, your view of NBA officiating is ridiculous and one sided. You bring up all of the foul calls the big name players do get but watch some NBA and look for all the contact on the star players that aren’t called as fouls. Superstars have the ball at least twice as much as any other player on their team so they are going to go to the line more often, it’s common sense. As for the two games you mention with Sacramento and Boston, again your vision is one sided. Yes, the lakers did shoot more freethrows than the celtics in that whole series(2010 finals), but not even Boston or it’s players complained about the calls. The celtics are a physical team and are known for fouling ALOT. What you don’t mention when you talk about sacramento is that Sacramento shot way more free throws for that whole series. Yes, in game six the lakers shot more free throws but for the series sacramento shot almost 30 more free throws than the lakers. Also, what about the first time kobe and the lakers played Boston. The lakers shot alot less free throws than Boston for the series and this time they lost. Why don’t you bring that up when you talk about your little conspiracy theory? Go ahead…I’ll wait lol.

      • Loingky says:

        Shut the F up! F you Mother F-er! Hate all you want you sh*thole! You have no place in this blog cause a Laker Fan will always be a Laker fan. All of your explanations against this game will never be understood cause we Lakers fan never accept an opinion from a Basketball fan who only knows how to talk trash about a certain team. Hate all you want and suck all the d*cks of Miami players. Faker!

  7. Enrique says:

    WOW so many laker haters… which i am use to seeing . Anyways go LAKERS.

  8. Jason West says:

    Sometimes it seems like the NBA works like the WWE…The reason I keep pressing the issue about that last foul on Hill is because that sort of thing is not a one time occurrence when it comes to the Lakers…It’s happened many times in close games where the refs help determine the outcome in their favor and IT WILL happen again.

    It’s just not fair when your playing 5 on 8 the last couple min. of a close game.

    @Paolo
    I don’t mind watching the Lakers win…I was loving that game, until they fouled out Hill on that TERRIBLE call. And it wasn’t just a bad foul call, it took your key defender out with 2 min to go in the final OT and dramatically effected the finish. Do you think they would have given Kobe his 6th foul in that same manner? NO WAY

    @Showman

    You keep making this about Kobe and his relevance as one of the elite in the NBA…this has nothing to do with that lol.

  9. danzky says:

    @ Jason West
    yeah you’re right Paolo. Please watch WWE and u can not be disappointed. The lakers win and nothing you can do about it.

  10. Paolo says:

    @ Jason West

    if it really kills you to watch the nba when lakers win. There is an option not to watch. Also, i think that is the beauty of the NBA. Part of it is the some bad calls, injuries and lucky plays at times. This is what makes it exciting. This is where emotions come out. All of this are NBA drama. If you want to watch perfect scripted entertainment, i would suggest you watch WWE, (it’s likely you never get upset)

  11. showman5611 says:

    Almost every team in the league are adjusting their team to contend with the Lakers. Almost every team needed a Kobe stopper. That’s how good Kobe is!!!! If he can’t beat you he will make his team beat you. His numbers are down this year because he doesn’t have to play so much. I don’t get when people complain when he gets 40 or so points because he ball hogs and then when he doesn’t score as much they say he’s old and slow and not the same Kobe like before. The man showed the world that he’s the best!!! Until when are you Kobe haters and Laker haters gonna stop complaining and start accepting that the Lakers are still the team to beat and that Kobe is still the best player right now!!!!

  12. Joshua Remo says:

    Nobody can truly stop Kobe. Something that teams do may work for one game, but in the next game that tactic won’t work. Kobe is the definition of unstoppable

  13. Mada says:

    ok the games over dude. Lake show won. i disagree with the call too. but that is what you call STAR treatment. look at what the commentators say when Kobe was going out of bounce and Dudley was call for a foul.”Im Kobe and Your not” for short its Star treatment, Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Gasol,Howard etc. and the refs are still Human they make mistakes, so leave it be.
    anyways it was the GREATEST GAME of the season so far. even if Suns and Lakers aint my TEAM, i like how they play offense its almost silky smooth.oh and i really like how STEVE NASHty spoon feeds everyone the ball its soo amazing its too bad he’s close to retiring. i gonna Miss ur big play making Steve!!! i wish all of the point guards could do what he does.

    PS: GO DWADE!! AND HEAT!! lets make a strong run and win them multiple rings ya talking bout BUT first you need to have fluid ball movement like LAKERS, CELTS & SUNS

  14. Andre says:

    You call that Pelvic Instability for Nash? I’m a Suns fan, Nice game!:D

  15. kbsince99 says:

    It’s funny how people are arguing Grant was locking down Kobe. Who do you think Grant got the other 5 fouls on? He was fouling Kobe the whole night. He clearly pushed into his hip as he was driving past him on the 6th one. A couple of Kobe’s misses were just bad shot selection. Grant played him hard, but keeping Kobe 1 for 8 has never meant you will keep him from hitting the next shot.

  16. Jason West says:

    That’s my point tho! They don’t call those technical rules being broken…I was just using Kobe’s carrying as an example and if you watch the replay Hill did not intentionally stick out his knee…he was guarding Bryant aggressivle like he had been the whole game it just opened the perfect opporunity up for the refs to swing it in Lakers favor, it gave him foul # 6 and took away their best defender on Kobe.

    I had no complaints the entire game on the officiaitng until that moment, even when Pheonix was down in in the 1st and second OT’s I simply credited the Lakers for coming out playing better the 1st few couple min of those periods. That’s why I’m not talking about any fouls then, if Lakers had won in OT or 2 OT, I would say they just outplayed them…I just hate it when the refs swing the game like that. Takes all the fun out of the game. I’m not a fan of either team and was enjoying the game up until that point. Had Grant slapped Kobe across the arm or intentionally stuck out his knee I wouldn’t even bring it up.

    • Todd says:

      Having just watched the replay in real time, the foul is one of those 50-50 calls that could have gone either way, depending on how the ref sees it and judges it, technically it is a foul and was called as such, but it could have gone either way, that being said, nothing can done about it now, game over, move on, and start dissecting the next bad call we see.

    • unbiased nba fan says:

      “…and if you watch the replay Hill did not intentionally stick out his knee”

      whether he intentionally stuck out his knee or not, it still constitutes as a blocking foul. you’re making it seem like that the only fouls that are called are intentional fouls. players do make mistakes on the defensive end and get hit with the call as in this case. that foul was a mistake on hills part, a costly one but it wasn’t a bad call by the refs or a “kobe call”.

  17. dtp336 says:

    I want to educate you on your ignorance or short knowledge about basketball.Fouls can be called regardless of the quarter you are.That was a good call,it is call blocking foul,Hill was doing what he was supposed to do on Kobe but Bryant is a smart player blessed with the tricks of the game and thats part of the game,he only drew the foul while Hill was still moving,if Hill had not moved,the call would have gone the other way.At times like that wwhen a game is close,the smarter side will always find a way to win,we have witnessed Kobe do that so many times.
    In response to what happened in the 4th in game 7 btw LA-Celtics,have you forgotten that lakers rallied to overcome a 13-point deficit way into the 3rd qtr and since never allowed a tie in the game down the stretch.
    Pyschologically,the effects of that shocking take over by the lakers was overwhelming on the celtics and they were playing under so much anxiety while lakers were building more confidence that they had taken the game.
    There was no bad calls at all,in case u need to rewatch the game,i can burn the cd for u.Lakers won the game on merit.

    • Jason West says:

      @dtp336

      Lol and the free throw descrepancy that 4th quarter??? Can you please explain that to me that? lol How come in CLOSE pivotal games, like game 7 of the finals last year, Lakers can’t just win without going to the charity stripe a considerable amount of times more than the other team???

      And what point do you let the guys play vs.calling tacky fouls, Honestly I don’t even think Hill’s 6th foul was a blocking foul, I thought Hill was guarding him straight up. But even it was technically a foul, you don’t just tag a guy with his 6th foul in 3 OT unless your trying to swing momentum. Come on, I mean if refs really wanted to be technical like that, they could nail Kobe for carrying the ball everyother dribble….Just saying that late in the game even if Hill “technically” fouled him, it should be a no call in that situation because clearly it was not a blatant foul and it was aggressive play that they had been letting go on both sides until that point. And ultimately it was the game changer.

      • Todd says:

        If you want to get technical about calling Kobe for carrying on every other dribble, then you also have to start calling Lebron for travelling when he takes 3 or 4 steps on almost every drive to the basket. And as for the Hill foul, it is quite obviously a blocking foul, Kobe got past Hill on the dribble, and Hill stuck out his knee to ‘block’ Kobe in response making it a pretty straight forward call for the refs.

  18. Peter says:

    The play Grant Hill fouled out on was clearly a foul, he did not have position for it not to be called a foul? He was taken off the dribble by kobe and got called for the foul. If a player on offense runs into a defender who has been beaten off the dribble and does not have the position its a foul on the defensive player.

  19. Omar Shariff says:

    The refs were not one sided that three free throw foul on lamar odom was bs the game would not have gotten that far if the refs would have made a right call on that one

  20. danzky says:

    @jason west
    Stop annoying man. the lakers had won and thats it. If you are complaining about that call, you are the one who should their in the court and get a whistle and be the one to officiate it lol.

  21. Jason West says:

    @wow

    Ya, it’s easy to brush off the bad calls when your on the otherside of the deal(as the Lakers always get the benefit of the whistle) but come on if your a Suns fan your heated about that call because losing Grant Hill really did cost the Suns down the stretch of the 3rd OT. Everyone and their mom knows that was a terrible call that they normally don’t whistle 99.9% of the time, except when its a close game and Kobe is the one being guarded! I’m not a fan of either team and honestly thought the game was called fairly until that stupid call and quite frankly it killed the rest of the game for me and prob half of the city of Phoenix.

    • alfredk5 says:

      take ur appeal to de NBA commission but don’t throw up here… I sense hate coming a-plenty!!!

  22. wow says:

    lol funny people get over it! lakers won thats that lol its the nba! if the suns played a better game that grant hill stuff wouldn’t have mattered but thye didnt finish the 3rd overtime and lakers won thats that! the ball rolled on the lakers side gtfoh with all that ref bs …if you played a strong 1st 2nd and 3rd and closed out the 4th then the stupid ref calls dont matter until people on the court start complaining and falling into the refs game which the suns did and the lakers came out on top ….Play through the ref calls finish the game stop being a baby and cryin about the refs be a man lol and grants sub needs to step up and defend and he didnt so kobe balled him up , thats not kobes fault he didnt pay the reff off to call that foul so it really has nothin to do with kobe sooooo stfu lol

  23. Chadd980 says:

    so right. through all these comments i’m thinking to myself, do these people not understand what a blocking foul is. It’s basically like when a big hedges tooo much on a pick and roll and the guard tries to get around, and gets body contact from the hip or something. I HATE it when it happens to me, cuz fouls are soo important for bigs, but its the right call.

  24. Jason West says:

    @ Ray

    Hill wasn’t trying to draw a charge tho(when a blocking foul usually takes place) he was simply running with Kobe to guard him, how everyone in the NBA guards a player lol. And to make that Hill’s final foul is sickening, especially in 3 OT! Only Kobe would get that call…Refs handed the Lakers the game as Hill was key in defending Bryant.

    • alfredk5 says:

      r u running a hate campaign against KB24… u seem 2 be all over de place unleashing vile hate on someone who we all know is simply de best… r u unemployed, if u r, get a job bcoz dis isn’t de place 4 scumbag like u polluting the blogosphere with ur up-side-down view on BBall… Get a head check and spend ur time doing something worthwhile (go have sex if that can help u recover, moron!!)

      • Jason West says:

        @alfred

        Lol so I have up-side down views because I’m the only one on here who is a blind, ignorant Laker fan? Are you even from LA???…honestly if your a Laker fan and your not from LA than your just a bandwagoner.

        Everyone wants to cheer for a winner and the big city team…the league knows this and that’s why LA get calls like that one on Hill. So love the Lakers all you want, cause it makes you feel good but just know not all those wins or rings are legit. Really, if these games were reffed fairly Kobe would only have 3 rings….the 2002 title belonged to the Kings, they were flat out robbed and C’s were robbed last year in that game 7.

  25. Ray says:

    Are you people fools, all the big teams and big names get calls going their way at times but dont be stupid, Kobe drove, Hill moved cross and he ran into his knee, its called a blocking foul for people that do no know basketball, Hill was not set he was still moving and he made contact, Thats what smart basketball players do, initiate contact…….watch basketball and dont comment beyond your ability please people…….

  26. Jake says:

    This game would’ve been a lot better if the Suns had won…

  27. jwest says:

    @Surm

    So running into a guys knee is a foul??? That was just playing tight D. The only player on the planet that would get that call is Kobe, especially in a close game in 3 OT. Seriously your going to give a 6th foul on that???

  28. Yo says:

    I was watching this game and I honestly think Kobe was too much. I am a huge lakers fan, but at times kobe just doesn’t play within the triangle. He goes off and does his own thiing. He’ll hold the ball for a good 14 seconds then tries to do too much. Yes, he makes big shots. But i’d rather have the TEAM go down and lose a game rather than it be on KOBE. Anywho, I think kobe can score 38 points a game if he just plays within the triangle. He practiced 90 minutes after the miami heat lost SHOOTING.. when he honestly should’ve spent that time learning how to get better offense knowing that he’s slower. He needs to play WISER.. he’s already a great shooter. He doesn’t need to practice that anymore.

  29. sporto says:

    Great game. Watched the whole thing.If Bynum in, no overtime would have been needed. Lakers steamrolling. Reserves played like Crap.

  30. V says:

    I have watched NBA games for the last 14 years, religiously……and hands down, maybe one of the best game I have ever seen…..other than the Jordan era. I really thought Nash & Company would Frye some Fish….and pull off a winner….but still…..a great game from both teams & left my heart in my foot! & Vince was a let down, as usual! After this game, it shows that the Suns are not given enough credit!

  31. Jason West says:

    @Showman

    IF LBJ got 46 shot attempts and 20 FT attempts in a game, I’m sure he would score 81 points too lol….But he understands that it’s team bball and that 81 points to beat the Toronto Raptors in a reg. game is not worth the effort lol. We all know Kobe was gunning for that record and was not thinking about winning that game…the guy is all about himself and individual accolades, just look at this year’s all star game….

    As for last night, youtube Grant Hill fouling out…that was a TERRIBLE call and totally changed the momentum of the game. Kobe was 1-8 with Hill on him in the OT’s until he fouled out. You don’t think the refs had any hand in that??? You Lakers fans just will never admit it but because your team is in a big market, you get calls in your favor 99% of the time. Just look at the 4th quarter of last year’s game 7 finals, the free throw disparity was sickening, that game was handed to the Lakers.

    • Surm says:

      I’m sorry, but even Hill knew it was a foul. It was a sucky way to end, but it was clearly a foul.

    • andre says:

      C’MON MAN!!!
      You make one outlandish comment after another in this silly paragraph of yours.
      First off IF LBJ HAD THIS AND DID THAT (HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE ONE: “IF A COW HAD HORNS THEN IT WOULD BE A BULL”?
      Lebron does not have the mid range game that Kobe has, he is not as good of a free throw shooter, jump shooter, or 3 point shooter or as good of a clutch shooter.
      Also saying that Kobe only cares about himself and his individual accolades makes no sense at all, if that was the case there is no way that he would have 5 rings going on six.
      That is just plain stupid of you to say.
      Saying that he gets the calls because he is in a big market is silly as well. He gets calls because he has a huge array of sick offensive moves in his bag of tricks and is virtually unguardable. Grant Hill played great D against him as did Bruce Bowen in the past and Shane Battier, etc. the list goes on, and you know what? Kobe scores on all of them regardless. Need evidence watch clips of game 6 in Phoenix last year.
      Your comments are blinded by hate and make you look like a horse’s backside.
      C’Mon Man!!! Grow up

      • Jason West says:

        @andre

        First of all the only reason I brought LBJ up was in response to showman because he seems to think the more of a ballhog you are the better the player you are too…

        I would hope Kobe has a better mid range game considering he’s a shooting guard and LBJ is a small forward with a body almost like a power forward.

        But honestly I know Lakers get the benefit of the whistle, if not, please explain to me last years game 7 4th quarter as well as the 2002 WCF game 6, had it not been for the refs Kobe may only have 3 rings right now…those were HUGE games where calls clearly went in their favor…the free throw disparity doesn’t lie lol And to say that those were all legitimate calls is just flat out lying!

        Last night was only a tiny example of what goes on 99% of the time when Lakers are in a close game and need to be bailed out. Grant was playing excellent D on Kobe and the guy is given his 6th foul because Kobe runs into his knee! Are you kidding me???

    • Libertatus says:

      IF LBJ got 46 FG attempts ad IF he had gotten 20 FT attempts you’re SURE he would’ve scored 81 points (and won the game, too. Right?). I wonder how vigilent you LBJ apologetics would be if LBJ had Bryant’s resume’. But, of course, this is all irrelevant to last nights game. Did you enjoy the game up until the Lakers won? To answer you question: Yes, the refs have a hand -in every call- good and bad. They call what they THINK they SEE (even on replay), refer to the rules and you live with it. I noticed that Gortat, who otherwise had a great game, was a little indecisive in the closing seconds of OT #3. Did you notice that, too? He held the ball an awfully long time. Bad plays. Bad calls. These things happen. And there’s more to come. Hate all you want.

      • Jason West says:

        @Libertatus says:

        Yes, there are good and bad calls in every game but when they’re heavily skewed toward one team that’s when it’s out of the players hands. Hill was key down the stretch in defending Bryant. Had that been Hill’s 5th foul, it wouldn’t have had such a significant impact, even though it still would have been an awful call. But to take a guy that’s playing stellar D on your team’s best player out of the game on a call as ridiculous as that is absurd!

        And none of you Lakers fans can still give me an explanantion for free throw disparity in crucial games like the 4th quarter of game 7 finals last year…its comical because you guys know it always plays in LA’s favor.

        And yes I’m sure LBJ, on a night when he’s shooting lights out like Kobe was when he scored 81 would be be able to match if he had 46 field goal attempts. On top of that the Lakers had won that game halfway through the 4th quarter, they were up big, but Kobe kept piling on pts just to gun for that record…

      • jswitty says:

        If you actually watched that 81 points game it was ridiculous. The fact that they were losing the whole game almost and needed kobe to score to win. While watching it, it didn’t even seem like he was scoring that much until the announcers would bring it up and keep track of it, it really just seemed like a regular game. That’s why this was even more impressive for the fact that he scored SO much and brought thme to a victory when they were playing horribly and losing to this awful team. And i’m sure a lot of players could match it if they shot lights out and if they had attempts and if blah blah but the fact that no one did except him is all that matters. The history books don’t look at if’s and maybe’s. Sorry buddy.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Kobe shot 46 attempts on 62% shooting get a clue. If you watch game 7 again and again and again like I Have on NBATv all summer between seasons, the Celtics WERE fouling and Lakers weren’t trying to get bailed out.

      • Jason West says:

        @jswitty

        I’m not saying it wasn’t a great feat but it was 5 years ago and Kobe fans continually brag about that game and use as a testament to his greatness….I don’t think how many points you scored in a single game defines you as a player and how good of a player you are. I mean David Robinson scored more pts in a single game than MJ, does that make him a better player tho???

        And please, I guarantee Kobe knew he was creeping up on the record books that night. Midway through the 4th the Lakers took a solid lead and that guy was still firing away. They won by 18! that wasn’t a nail-biter finish lol

  32. Evan says:

    I was at this game and wow, it was intense inside Staples! I have been to many playoff games and regular season and this one was one of the best games I ever went to. A little disappointed that the Lakers gave up almost a 20 point lead but they have a history of doing that. Ron Artest is coming back to his normal form and the bench is stepping up more. Odom had a monster first half and Kobe….he’s Kobe. GREAT GAME!

  33. Showman5611 says:

    To Jason West, I don’t know why you’re still hating? The Lakers have won (Pls correct me if im wrong) 13 of their last 14 games. This game was even without Andrew Bynum!! C’mon!!!! Your hating one of the best or the best player in the history of NBA. He had proven himself time-to-time that he is clutch in tight games, been the best scorer and still going after the best scorer in the history. Besides Wilt, who else do you think can score 81 pts. in one game? Stop hating and start appreciating because there won’t be another Kobe for quite some time. Lebron threw away his legacy when he joined Dwayne at Miami. Kobe is still a Laker no matter what!!!!

    • alfredk5 says:

      well put Showman5611… 2 much hating is going on these days but that can’t diminish the threat posed from the BLACK MAMBA’s venomous fangs!!! Go KB24, u r the worthy heir to Jordan’s throne!!!

  34. Jason West says:

    Great game up until triple OT when they called that phantom foul on Grant Hill that earned him his 6th foul. The whole night I was thinking wow, this game has been officiated really well(usually @ Staples in those close situations refs tend to favor Lakers) but through the first 2 OT’s it was officiated very fair. But as soon as Kobe drove and the ref made that horrendous foul call to give Grant his 6th that totally changed the momentum of the game from that point. Hill started playing really tight D on Kobe in OT that his sub Dudley couldn’t match. Kobe hit a big three right after the foul call. Sometimes I think that guy hits all these “clutch” shots because due to bogus foul calls he gets more second chance opportunities at those moments than anyone else in the league.

    • larry says:

      i was there in person and i DO agree the hill last foul is bogus.

    • Michael says:

      His last foul was legitimate. Its his 5th foul that was a little soft especially in 3OT. Funny I had just texted my Phoenix supporting buddy about how no one had fouled out right before Hill did.

      Interesting how you dont see anyone complaining but you two.

      • Jason West says:

        @ Michael

        No one is complaining cause everyone on here is a bandwagon Lakers fan. I’m not even a Suns fan but if I were I’d be even more pissed. It’s just a shame because it was a really good game up until that point. Hill fouling out was a HUGE deal he had held Kobe to 1-8 shooting in the OT’s up until that point. And come on Larry was at the game and says it was a bogus call! Kobe ran into Hill’s knee and its a foul on Hill???

      • KL says:

        Not just two of those who complained. Get out of that Fakers rock you live under. Kobe gets those bogus calls because he’s Kobe. Accept the fact that Kobe got a dumb call, Hill was out, and Kobe hit a 3-pointer right after because Dudley is not Grant Hill, one of the best defenders in the league right now.

  35. DirtyRider says:

    saw this game live…incredible

  36. JĂșnior Felippe says:

    For sure, the best game in this season!

  37. lawrence says:

    Bad ankle? Stiff neck? Sore shoulder? Awful finger? despite all these injuries, kobe proves why he is the BLACK MAMBA. take that haters!

  38. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavy says:

    Kobe and the lakers are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavy owwwwww

  39. Anthony says:

    This was definitely a good game. But i must say that we made some mental mistakes that prolonged the outcome of the game. Ultimately you have to respect both teams who played, the Lakers weren’t conceding this game and teh Suns didn’t blink at all. Phoenix when they play this way are a very dangerous playoff team. But its still all about the Lakers going for the 3Peat

  40. mgm says:

    after all the nagging injuries and pain, Kobe had 42 (15 of 31). I wanna see some buzzer beater from him this season . he had one too many the last season. Black mamba RULES!!! 3peat all the way!

    • prix' says:

      nice jobe for the lakers…but i hope Suns would win this game…they will have a good match up with the Spurs other than the Grizlies without Gay…they could even upset the spurs…look how they play the lakers…before they blow them out with 3s and now with 3 overtime…with Hill Nash and Vince nothing is imposible…Suns so wicked…

      • mgm says:

        u r right! nevertheless, i am hoping spurs are out in round 2. Not that lakers can’t beat them, but i don’t like the black and white boring spurs :-). i also hope lakers better secure a home court advantage over bulls/celtics for finals!! celtics vs. lakers in 6 games wud be a perfect ending (7 is too nail biting!)