Los Angeles Lakers beat Cleveland Cavaliers 105-88 in a game best described as one of the classic examples of the rivalry between the two teams. Kobe Bryant was very effective in the Lakers win as he scored 20 points, despite a first-quarter finger injury. He certainly emerged the winner in the showdown of the stars, featuring LeBron James on the other side.
Bryant got a dislocated finger just two minutes into the game.
“That might have been the worst pain I’ve ever played with,” Bryant told reporters. “I just dove for the ball and the finger just popped out. I was scared. I thought I was done to be honest with you.”
“It felt like I had two fingers on one, it was just disgusting. I just tried to adjust as I went along. I just tried to play through it. It’s throbbing right now.”
With this win, the Lakers end a five-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.
LeBron James, who scored 23 points for Cleveland and grabbed nine rebounds, could not stop Los Angeles from surging towards the win in the last quarter, after trailing in the first half. They now stand at 32-8, ahead of Cleveland who are 31-8.
“You have to give Kobe Bryant credit,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “I thought he played a hell of a game.