Fans of sexy awesomeness swallowed a bitter pill last night, as Golden State squandered a five-point lead with 50 seconds remaining to let Utah send Game 2 into overtime, where the White State ran away in the extra period to win 127-117. The Jazz now lead the series 2-0, with both wins being thrilling, close games.
Really, there was so much to love about this game that it's hard to effectively recap. The Jazz got the most out of their starters — Boozer 30/13, Okur 23/18, Kirilenko 20/9/6 blocks, and Deron Williams with 17 and 14 assists. Okur and Williams also hit clutch shots in the final minute of regulation, while the Warriors' Michael Pietrus missed two free throws and Baron Davis missed one of two, any of which would have practically sealed the game. Disregarding the miss at the stripe, Davis was otherwise heroic, scoring 36 to go with 7 assists and 4 steals.
The Warriors, despite forcing 23 turnovers, were once again horrifically out-rebounded, and Stephen Jackson's ice-cold night did nothing to help their cause. He scored 18 but shot just 4-of-18 from the field and made only two out his ten three-point attempts. He could have contributed more by firing a gun into the air outside the stadium before the game. Which I think is actually legal in Utah. Unless you're black, which Jackson is, so I digress.
Oh yeah, and Derek Fisher flew back from New York in time to play the 4th quarter and OT. Something about a daughter with eye cancer. Boooo, cancer. The important thing to know is that Game 3 drops Friday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern in Oakland. Thanks, NBA. Start the game earlier on a night where I actually want to stay up late.