Game 7 hero Manu Ginobli missed the game winner as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with an 89-85 come from behind victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Kobe Bryant scored the go ahead jumper that shattered the backs of the Spurs after Tim Duncan tied the score 85-all with a lay up. It was a sorry loss for the Spurs who led by as much as 20 points in the third quarter 65-45 with a little below 6 minutes remaining. Suddenly Kobe awoke from his slumber as he scored 7 points the rest of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was an All- Kobe Bryant show as the league's MVP showed why he is such as he scored 14 points including the insurance basket in the last 23 seconds.
"Kobe, he was doing a trust-his-teammates thing in the first half,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "That's why he had five assists, and he was checking it all out and see where his territory was going to be. In the second half, he went to work.
This just shows that this match up is equal and that anyone can win depending on how they defend and shoot. Kobe scored 27 points while Pau Gasol had 19 points as Vladimir Radmanovic and Sasaha Vujacic chipped in 10 apeice. Duncan dropped 30 point, Tony Parker added 18 points while Bruce Bowen scored 12. Manu Ginobli was not his usual self with just 10 points.
Expect a better game 2.