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Lakers Win Las Vegas Showdown
22 October 1997. Los Angeles Lakers 124, Washington Wizards 113 (OT) (preseason record: 2-3)
Game leaders: Webber, Cheaney (18 points), Webber (13 rebounds), Whitney, Shammgod (8 assists)
In a town known for lots of flash, the fans in attendence got their share of it. The Shaq-less Lakers went to overtime before dispatching a Wizards team without 3 of its planned regular season starters. The Wizards had to come back from 10 down in the final 2 minutes of regulation just to force a tie, but the flash didn't end there.
I hope you saw the video of Kobe Bryant's dunk - first dusting Jimmy Oliver on a wicked cross-over, then skying over Ben Wallace (who was stationary, trying to draw a charge to close to the basket, now that the rules have changed) for a tomahawk jam. Wow! I would've really loved to see Wallace challenge Bryant, because a block would've been even more sensational.
CWebb Remains Center Of Team CWebb is growing as a player on the court, and his opponents are learning the hard way about his new-found focus, says Ric Bucher of the Washington Post.
The Wizards were done in partially by their turnovers (29 total), led by Shammgod's 9 and CWebb's and Whitney's 7 each. The Wizards did have 6 players in double figures and spread the offense around well. But they were done in by committing 46 fouls against the Lakers (the Lakers committed only 22) and sending them to the free throw line an amazing 65 times! It's a wonder they were even in the game, with the number of free shots they provided.
Now, the Wizards head to the LA Showdown. It wasn't pretty (I have advance knowledge, writing this after the event).
wtf 28 October 1997
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