The Double OT come-from-behind win could be a division winner for the Los Angeles Lakers, but it could a costly one too. The Lakers may be without Metta World Peace for quite some time after he was ejected for throwing an elbow to the head of James Harden just before halftime. The Lakers battled back from an 18 point second half deficit to take down the Thunder, who is battling San Antonio for the top seed in the West. The win should give them confidence going into the playoffs, not to mention a better seed. They are locked in an intense battle for the Pacific Division with their roommates the Clippers.
”It’s not so much that we beat Oklahoma, but how we did it,” said Bryant, who shook off his own woeful shooting game with two key 3-pointers late in regulation. ”In the playoffs, particularly if you don’t have home-court advantage, you’re going to have games like this. We have to have the poise and the confidence to just keep chipping away.”
The game was marred by the ugly incident where Artest elbowed Harden after dunking on him. He caught him with his left elbow in the back of his head. It was the definition of a cheap shot. Therefore I will from now on refuse to refer to him as World Peace. He doesn’t deserve it.
”I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow,” said World Peace, who had scored 12 points and played solid defense on Durant. ”I hope he’s OK. Oklahoma, they’re playing for a championship this year. I apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate.”
So you’re cheap shot artist AND a liar? Nice going Ron. I hope you enjoy watching the playoffs the way the rest of us do. On your living room sofa.
”I’m just happy my teammate is all right,” said the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, who scored 35 points on 11-for-34 shooting. ”It was a bad play. Hopefully Ron didn’t do it intentionally or have any malicious intentions on that. We’ve got to move past that.”
”Being down double digits against a very good team, we could have folded easily,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said. ”This might have been our best team win of the year.”
With the Spurs winning