Rajon Rondo Saves His Best For National TV; Kobe Gets Retaliation On Dwyane Wade

By: 03.05.12  •  80 Comments
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Mannion)

Kobe loves to tell people he has no rivals. And he won’t admit the hit Dwyane Wade gave his mug during the All-Star Game provided some extra fuel. But it definitely looked like it. He dropped 18 in the first quarter alone, and finished with 33 in the game as the Lakers had one of their best wins of the last year or two. They led for the last 44 minutes against Miami, and ended up with a 93-83 W. LeBron finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, but with Wade (16 points) swept up in the Kobe System, and Miami’s frontline being annihilated without Chris Bosh, it didn’t matter … Before the game, the cameras got a shot of Wade and LeBron walking into the arena, and they were doing their best once again to top their All-Star Saturday night getups for “How to spent hundreds of dollars on an outfit that still makes you look like a fool.” Even Derek Zoolander would’ve shook his head at Wade. And LeBron? With that man purse? Son, that one was so bad you wouldn’t even fit in with Alan from The Hangover … For once, it wasn’t Chris Paul doing the flopping. Down one with the ball, CP3 iso-ed against Kyle Lowry, Lowry flew backwards like he was a Hollywood stunt man, and Paul canned the easy jumper. The problem? After Houston tied it with a free throw, Paul tried the same move – this time on Courtney Lee – and didn’t even get a shot off. OT. In the extra frame, after both teams traded missed freebies, turnovers and all-around dumb basketball, it came down to Kevin Martin (25 points), who had a great look at a three and couldn’t put it down. The Clippers walked out with a 105-103 win behind 28 and 10 from Paul … Ty Lawson finished one rebound shy of a triple-double (22 points, 11 assists, nine boards) as the Nuggets went into Texas and beat the Spurs, 99-94 … And the Suns won their third straight game, 96-88 over Sacramento. Marcin Gortat continued to run through everyone in his path, finishing with 14 points and 17 rebounds while Steve Nash had 19 points. The Suns are now 17-20, and they might be the worst 17-20 team we’ve seen in a long time … We’re out like NBA fashion.

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