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Lakers 107, Bucks 106 (OT)- Postgame Chat

December 16, 2009 |  8:13 pm

There are reasons some teams end up in the lottery. Tonight, in their 107-106 overtime win over the Bucks in Milwaukee, the Lakers flat out stole a game from a young team that had every opportunity to win, but refused to take advantage. The Bucks had a chance to take a one point lead with just under 21 seconds to play, but Andrew Bogut missed a free throw. Up by six with 1:25 to play in OT, the Bucks let that slip away, too, thanks in part to a pair of missed freebies from Ersan Ilyasova, who otherwise played a fantastic game, finishing with 24 points. 

Then there was that last play...

Meanwhile, the Lakers were carried by Pau Gasol- he registered his first 20/20 game of his career, finishing with 26/22/4 on 9-15 shooting, and four blocks thrown in for good measure- and, of course, by Kobe Bryant. 39 points on 13-28 from the floor. Kobe scored LA's final seven points, starting with a pull up jumper in the lane with 1:18 to play. He then caught a break, as the refs turned what could have been a charge (or a travel) into an and-one as Bryant drove down the lane, helping bring the Lakers to within one. After a solid defensive stand, the Bucks (for reasons that will likely have Milwaukee fans flipping out) allowed Kobe to not only catch the inbound pass on LA's final possession, only 5.4 ticks remaining, but to bring it up without pressure and get Charlie Bell into the post. It was clearly a deja vu moment.

"At the end of regulation, I had a really, really good look," he said. "It was such a good look, and I missed it. So if I had another opportunity, I wanted to go right back to the same spot and try to redeem myself."

I'd say he managed to do that. The turnaround J from the elbow was pure as time expired.

Forget leaving the door unlocked, the Bucks left the thing wide open with a neon "ENTER HERE" sign on the porch, but give the Lakers- and Kobe- credit: Offered the opportunity, they went ahead and stole the game. Chat box below.