If you didn't watch last night's thrilling ending of Game 5 between the Lakers and Suns, you missed a good one.
The game was not quite a classic, but was, instead, more akin to a good boxing match, where both boxers had different skills, and each time the champ (Lakers) looked ready to deliver the knockout blow, the challenger (Suns) fought back, showing tremendous poise.
Trying to make sense of it all, knowing the Lakers history of these kinds of finishes (Horry, Fisher, Pau, Artest), I was particularly struck by a comment by Kobe Bryant in the post-game interviews:
"All of this preparation, and in the end, it comes down to fundamentals. They got the three because we didn't box out. We got the win because they didn't box out."
Sometimes, it's as simple as that.WATCH Video of Game Highlights: