Utah 123, Los Angeles 115 (OT): We had quite a game in the Beehive State on Sunday afternoon, did we not? Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists to lead the Jazz past the Lakers and square the series at 2-2.
Kobe struggled with back spasms most of the game but still scored 33 points while adding 10 assists and eight rebounds. And just to round things out Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf got ejected in the second quarter for a flagrant foul on Utah’s backup point guard Ronnie Price (see: video).
It was a nice, near-collapse-but-pull-it-out win for Utah. We all like a competitive series. Just because the series is tied and the Jazz have won consecutive games, though, doesn’t mean much has changed.
The Jazz were the best home team in the league during the regular season (37-4) and struggled away from Salt Lake City (17-24). Their ability to win at Staples Center will tell the story of this series (duh). I, for one, don’t think they have it in them to win a game in L.A.
So, in the words of Denny Green, the Jazz are…
Eh, you know.
San Antonio 100, New Orleans 80: I take back everything I said the other day about the Hornets walking away with this series. Chris Paul is good and all, but if the Spurs can maintain the level they showed in the last two games it could get dicey for ‘Nawlins.
The only thing that stood out to me in Sunday night’s win, which tied the series at 2-2, was how suffocating the San Antonio defense was. That’s why I’m concerned about Paul & Co. Defense travels well, and with all that championship experience, it’s easy to see the Spurs taking a decisive game on the road.
It’s not like they haven’t done it before.