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Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  19 responses

Steve Blake Nails Game-Winning Three in Dwight Howard’s Face (VIDEO)

The irony…

The Los Angeles Lakers scored a stunning, wholly satisfying victory against the Houston Rockets and their former teammate Dwight Howard. Steve “#vinoblanco” Blake drilled a dramatic three over Howard’s outstretched arm for a 99-98 win. Per the LA Times: “The Lakers were jubilant on the court, hugging under the basket after Patrick Beverley missed a 27-foot three-point attempt at the buzzer. Then they returned to the locker room to find something else. Kobe Bryant smiling broadly. ‘He was in a good mood,’ Pau Gasol said. ‘He shook everybody’s hand when we got in the locker room.’ Bryant 1, Howard 0. The Lakers were 13-point underdogs but led 38-19 on the way to making a ridiculous 12 of their first 15 three-point attempts. They cooled off badly and looked to be a stumbling mess when they took the ball out of bounds down two points with 10.9 seconds left. They fumbled it at least three times before Houston knocked the ball out of bounds. So after another timeout with 3.4 seconds left, the play was supposed to go to Steve Nash. But Jodie Meeks inbounded the ball to the open Blake, who finished with 14 points. ‘It would have been nicer if the buzzer went off,’ the understated Blake said. The Lakers held their breath through one more timeout and improved to 3-3. They got there in part by employing the Hack-a-Howard, which Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni criticized last season. Howard was five for 12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter (five for 16 overall), going four of eight when fouled intentionally.”

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  • pposse

    ahah in the face!

  • Radical Ron

    Good victory for Lakers. They have really put together a good team effort most nights so far. Save for a few blowouts. I see effort and hustle this season and am pleased at least they try. Still can’t stand their defensive effort at times and their reliance on the 3 ball. The defense is for Kurt Rambis to fix and the offense is Mike’s job. I think they’ll get better in both as season progresses. But I’m realistic and .500 ball is to be expected.

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  • Vinnamese

    BLAKE MAMBA!

  • VanCityBBall

    Miscommunication at it’s finest… not to take away from blake though nice shot

  • Dfrance

    Guess Aaron Brooks was asleep during the “switch on every screen” portion of practice this week.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    portion of every game of basketball in history. LOL, switching on screens in that situation shouldn’t even need to be practiced. it should just be known.

  • Dfrance

    Thats what one would assume, at least with less than 5 seconds on the clock. But some coaches do dumb things so i don’t know. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha Kevin McHale just like “front the post! i didn’t play guard, so idk what you guys should do out there, but FRONT THE POST!”

  • spit hot fiyah

    beverly is REALLY good on defense. the rest of their perimeter players are just awful on the defensive end

  • LakeShow

    Feet set…

    Atta boy Blakey.

  • Dfrance

    Just watch Lin the whole time, its hilarious.

  • Dfrance

    Lol, that might just be what happened

  • PZL

    1) On defense you can’t guard a stack with a stack, you put one guy on either side.
    2) Because Steve Nash is a wizard he recognizes this and walks/pins Beverley into Gasol before grabbing Lin. Nash takes out two guys, Howard looks bad but it’s not his fault.

  • MasterSplinter

    So far this season, the line-ups that seem to work the best for the Lakers are way different then I had expected. These young guys & Steve Blake hustle so much harder then last years squad, and the older unit this year. I think Kobe will be good with this squad, as for Pau, Nash, and Swaggy P….i’m a little unsatisfied, but it’s still early in the year. I will say…i’m not saying he is better than Nash because i’m not retarded…however RIGHT NOW, Steve Blake plays better D then Nash, hits clutch shots like Nash, get’s more loose balls then Nash, and covers way more ground in transition D than Nash. I have to be honest…. Lakers are a more complete team when Nash isn’t on the floor.

  • Lloyd

    It’s funny how circumstance skews fact. The hate for Dwight Howard excuses D’Antoni being a hypocrite and employing a strategy that he blasted last year.

    Also, the same people who think taking charges instead of playing defence is stupid and refs should call less of them are supporters of the Hack-a-Howard tactic as soon as it’s used against Dwight because they don’t like him. There were points that Chris Kaman and Pau wouldn’t even bother getting back, try to foul Howard, fail, then have to sprint back while a guard had to run over and grab the big fella. It was pathetic to watch.

    I mean use it as a strategy for a possession or two, sure. The last 4 minutes of the game? It was horrible to watch.

  • pposse

    but it won them the game.

  • Lloyd

    I never said it didn’t…

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