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Steve Blake knocks down game-winning three, lifts Lakers over Rockets (VIDEO)

Nov 8, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

While the narrative will be about the revenge of the Lakers on Dwight Howard, that’s not what really decided the Lakers 99-98 win.

This game was about the backcourt: The Rockets starting guards were 10-of-34 shooting (29 percent), which falls short of the 38 percent the Lakers backcourt shot, but neither team was impressive.

However in the end Steve Blake hit the game winner. He was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc on the night so Mike D’Antoni set up a play where Steve Nash or Blake was to spring out, the guy who was open got the rock and the shot. Blake sprung out and got a clean look before Howard could close (it wasn’t his guy) and the rest is the 99-98 Lakers win. Great pass by Jodie Meeks, but Blake hit the shot.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball y t.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    …the guy Lakers fans complained about the most the last few years (aside from Dwight). Bravo B. Rabbit!

    • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      One loud fan who doesn’t like Blake = all Lakers’ fans. Got it.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        One!? Ha. I probably talk to more Lakers fans than most Lakers fans. They generally don’t like Steve Blake but he just won them a game… I think it’s lovely.

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:42 AM

        I find it hard to believe real Lakers’ fans would talk to someone who hates the team as much as you do.

    • stephenlin - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      @antistratfordian

      the criticism steve blake gets is legitimate: he can’t (he doesn’t dare) finish around the rim at all, he’s susceptible to some shooting slumps, and he doesn’t have the physical tools to guard the guard positions–especially shooting guard, which he’s often tasked to do. on the flip side, most laker fans recognize that he’s always been a fundamentally strong shooter, and he always puts in the work and the scrap on the defensive end. his heart and hustle have kept him from being the whipping boy, if anything. in the end, those are all things laker fans knew about him from the beginning, and i have to dispute your claim that he’s the player we complain about most. you “talk to more lakers fans than most lakers fans?” awesome, i’m a big fan of how you continue to judge, wholesale, an entire fanbase.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:38 AM

        “i’m a big fan of how you continue to judge, wholesale, an entire fanbase”

        Excellent. Get used to it.

        Typical Lakers fan watching a Lakers game:

        1st quarter: “Kobe, what the hell are you doing!?”
        2nd quarter: “Kobe, what the hell are you doing!?”
        3rd quarter: “Kobe, what the hell are you doing!?”
        Early 4th quarter: “KOOOOOOOOOOOBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!”
        Late 4th quarter: “Pau Gasol lost this game.”

      • stephenlin - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:04 AM

        at a certain point, it’s really just you who winds up looking close-minded.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        @Anti
        Shouldn’t you be following the the Heat on the road like a love struck school girl or a desperate groupie?? just HOPING that when LBJ throws his headband into the crowd you catch it & SNATCH it away from some 6 yr old!!

        Now back to the Lakeshow!! They are playing HARD & playing together. I bash the guy a lot but, hat tip too coach D. He has the guys playing this yr!!

    • davidly - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Like Anoesis, I’m pretty sure that Mister “Steve Fake” was just one guy with little support. In fairness, I grant that the Internet has a unique effect on memory and perception, thereby contributing to the sense that there were a slew of anti-Blake Laker fans. But if you say that your entourage consists of nothing but, who am I to contest?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:43 AM

        I don’t even know what you’re referring to. I’m not talking about anyone around here. I haven’t been here that long. I used to watch games with nothing but various Lakers fans almost every day during the season. I am well acquainted with the heart of a Lakers fan.

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:09 AM

        You aren’t talking about anyone on here? Funny, I’m pretty sure you’ve gone out of your way to paint all of us with that big, fat brush of yours. Blanket condemnation is the sign of an inflexible mind.

  2. pistolpete0903 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    For a fan who supports Howard’s team, him going to the free throw line is like going to a butcher. Absolutely brutal. Rather than working on his moves/hook shot/…, Hakeem and others should teach him how to make free throws.

    On another note, without the Mamba, the ball movement on the Lakers team looks pretty nice. Good to see guys like Farmar and Meeks hitting shots; should bode well for the Lakers.
    Yes, they do need a player like Kobe; but part of being a leader is to maximize the talents your team members. It will be real interesting to see how the team looks once he is back.

  3. kb2408 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    I’ve never been so proud of my LAKERS for winning a pretty meaningless game. Glad to see the new and improved D12. All that tutoring under the Dream is sure making a huge difference. And kudos to Mikey D. for going to the hack-a-Dwight. It got the ball out of Hardens hands and put the burden on Dwight to close the game out. Don’t feel bad Rockheads fans, you will see this strategy employed by the opposing team so often you will get used to it. We saw plenty of it last season. The Rockets are a slightly better version of the Magic squad that featured Dwight. Mark my words, Houston will be exposed in the playoffs. Dwight is not a winning player. He’s too busy having fun and talking about the octagon or whatever that crap is. And honestly I’m not sure Harden is truly a winning player either. When is he going to work as hard on the defensive end as he does on offense? The LAKERS minus Kobe were on pace for 130 at the half. This after the Clips gave Houston almost 140. If defense wins rings the Rockets are in trouble. But I already said that. Great win LAKERS.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      “Mark my words, Houston will be exposed in the playoffs. Dwight is not a winning player. He’s too busy having fun and talking about the octagon or whatever that crap is.”

      You’re obviously still hurt over Dwight kicking you to the curb. You sound like a Cavs fan circa 2010.

      • kb2408 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Just stating my opinion. And for the record, I’d rather the LAKERS struggle for a few seasons than to hitch the wagon to a fringe superstar that can’t deliver a title. Star players in L.A. are “expected” to win at least one title. Especially big men. That’s not necessarily the case in other cities.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:34 AM

        “Star players in L.A. are “expected” to win at least one title. Especially big men.”

        That only applies to players who actually want to be there. Dwight didn’t want to be in LA in the first place. You two parted ways and you claim it was mutual – you say you didn’t want him anyway – so where’s the source of the vitriol coming from? Cavs fans definitely wanted to keep LeBron around, so they were genuinely angry, confused and bitter when he left. What’s your excuse for being that emotional?

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        “Vitriol” I’m not sure that word means what you think it means.

        It must bother you that we’ve moved on from Howard, as it takes away the joy you seem to get from twisting that knife. You appear to get a lot of satisfaction from picking at a scab you think exists and go to a lot of trouble to make an issue out of something that apparently only exists in your own mind.

        Howard lied about wanting to be a Laker so he could get out of Orlando. He’s all but admitted it. He used his stay in L.A. to get surgery, rehab, and bank another $20 million. Then he made up reasons to leave. Big deal. It’s his M.O. The fans can’t control who management tries to bring in, we can only cheer the players on the floor.

        Your obsession with nitpicking and criticizing everything about the team is unnecessarily irritating. It’s the sort of thing sadists do to get a thrill. I wouldn’t doubt that you’re proud of what you think are clever insults and jibes, but it says a lot more about you than it does about the fans of the team you love to hate.

        I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything more from someone who would choose a screen name celebrating a minor faction that disputes the authorship of plays written 400 years ago, rather than a screen name that honors one of those seminal stories. Or anything on the positive side of the ledger, for that matter. You take schadenfreude to a new level.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:56 AM

        Vitriol means what you and I – and everyone else – thinks it means unless you don’t know what it means. Fairly standard stuff there.

        “It must bother you that we’ve moved on from Howard”

        You haven’t moved on from Howard, that’s my point.

        “Your obsession with nitpicking and criticizing everything about the team is unnecessarily irritating.”

        Nothing brings me more pleasure than to know that you specifically are irritated. ;)

        “I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything more from someone who would choose a screen name celebrating …”

        It’s the opposite of a celebration. But you’re not the first person intrigued by me to the point where you end up digressing about my name (googling and digressing). I have zero interest in your screen name or anything else about you.

      • money2long - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:08 AM

        anti
        it is clear you are harboring some bitter feelings over tonight’s results.
        you’re without question taking it out on LA fans.
        you are definitely upset.
        i know you were probably watching the game and celebrated every one of dwight’s made free throws down the stretch.

        but as Nostrils10 put it, how did it feel when the clock was winding down and you saw that:
        “Steve Blake knocks down game-winning three ‘IN HOWARDS EYE”

        now you, anti, come on this page to spew your disgust

        is my observation correct … ?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:58 AM

        Bitter? I absolutely love it when the Lakers win via team ball without Kobe Bryant. Nothing makes me happier!

        I’m just dropping knowledge. And so it is that “la verite blesse” – and that’s not my problem. But I have no horse in this race otherwise. I’m not a Rockets fan or a Dwight Howard fan.

      • money2long - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        im not saying you’re a fan of either team or player. but thanks for sharing that info , i guess. the point was you’re a fan of seeing lakers fans disappointed. is that more clear for you? stating you’re not a rockets fan is irrelevant. im not saying you were hoping the rockets would win because you bought stock in the rockets. im saying you want to see the rockets iwn because you know lakers fans wouldn’t like it. please follow along. they won, and now you’re here trying to do your best to crash the party with you degrading subtle, direct and indirect shots at kobe and the lakers. like i said, you have to be some bitter guy right now. they won a game. deal with it.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        “the point was you’re a fan of seeing lakers fans disappointed”

        That really isn’t accurate. Only Kobe fans. I am, myself, a Lakers fan from a bygone era. I don’t have anything against the Lakers or their fans in general – just the most die hard Kobe worshippers particularly.

        And I didn’t want to see the Rockets win. I didn’t care. I win either way.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        @anti
        “Your dropping knowledge”??? ROTFLMAO!!!! I think you are a tad bit confused. You see what you are doing is “Trolling”/Hating. It’s what we have come to expect from you. That & you being LeBron’s Internet Bodyguard!!

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Because you get irritated by harsh truths doesn’t mean I’m trolling. I’m sorry if it makes you emotional, I have no control over your reaction to honest dialogue.

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        anti-

        We can Google “narcissist,” too. I’d guess they’d have your picture on that.

        We don’t root for Howard. He isn’t on our team. We’re much more concerned about how the bench players are going to come along and when Bryant will get back. Just because you like to claim you know something about someone else doesn’t make it true. Well, except in your own little world.

        You don’t irritate me. I find obsessed trolls like you more pathetic than irritating. I was merely pointing out that you choose to ruin any possible valid point you’re trying to make by including your baseless assumptions and barely concealed derision.

        I studied Shakespeare like lots of people who are educated. I know exactly what anti-Stratfordian means. But thanks for illustrating exactly what vanity means. Neither you nor your purposefully chosen negative name “intrigue” me, unless you are referring to the act of looking askance at someone as conceited and egotistical as you.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        “We can Google “narcissist,” too. I’d guess they’d have your picture on that.”

        That comment reveals a lot about your opinion of me, and I’m flattered.

        “I know exactly what anti-Stratfordian means.”

        I believe you 100%.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        @anti
        Everytime you post on a Laker thread it ALWAY’S negative, that’s “Trolling”/Hating. Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m FAR from emotional about your opinion. I think your opinion is a REAL cool story bro. It’s Just a difference in a opinion, is all it is. What you see as “honest dialogue”, most Laker fans see as “Trolling”, at least on this board. Now that’s some knowledge for you……….BRUH!!!!!!

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        “Everytime you post on a Laker thread it ALWAY’S negative…”

        That is not true. It’s only negative from a certain point of view. It is just reality from another. I regularly defend Pau Gasol… how is that negative? I defend Steve Nash against attacks. I defended Dwight Howard last year against haters.

        …but here’s the rub… these things are only negative if you think Kobe has been carrying the Lakers like Shaquille O’Neal or LeBron James or Michael Jordan carried their teams. That last line may make some Lakers fans antsy, but it is simply the truth that Kobe cannot and it doesn’t mean I’m trolling or hating.

        I can’t help it that Mamba’s fans have an inferiority complex! They are a very sensitive bunch about that.

  4. Nostrils10 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    the title should say….

    Steve Blake knocks down game-winning three ‘IN HOWARDS EYE!!!!!!!!!!’, lifts Lakers over Rockets (VIDEO)

    hahahahhahahaha

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      Did you see Lin at the end “explaining” to Dwight that they were supposed to switch if he got picked – and Dwight reacted late? They were basically arguing. But you’d expect that from a new member of the team. It will take some time to get on the same page.

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        Pick and roll is a pretty basic play. Kids learn it early on. If you’re still trying “to get on the same page” with it, well….

        Howard appears to not like that play on either end of the floor. He won’t run it on offense and isn’t very good defending it.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:47 AM

        There is no standard defense for that – every team will want to defend that situation differently.

        But what happened to the Rockets is the reason Frank Vogel took Roy Hibbert out at the end of Game 1 vs Miami. He thought Big Hibbert would be hesitant to run out to an open shooter because 1) shot blockers are always preoccupied with defending the paint and 2) he’s big and slow.

        The Lakers ran a play that put Dwight in that position and it worked perfectly. If Blake wanted to he could’ve shot a pass down to Gasol who was left open at the front of the rim with only tiny Beverly behind him. And if Blake missed his shot Gasol was right there for the carom with Dwight out at the three point line. Flawless – all thanks to Nash holding Lin.

      • dirkadirk921 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Anoesis…..you sir obviously did not watch the game. Anti was referring to the inbounds play at the end of the game not a pick and roll. Don’t act like you know what you are talking about when you clearly didn’t watch the game. Rockets will be fine. Championship this year? Most likely not. Defense needs to improve and a peice or two added. Still a young team and needs to grow.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Howard missing that type of play defensively is not anything new.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        It’s not unique to Howard either. All shot blocking centers are susceptible to that play – that’s exactly why it was chosen.

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        dirk-

        Yes, watched the whole game. Been watching the Lakers since 1971, but thanks for assuming I know nothing.

        anti was referring to a pick on Howard. A pick (or screen) is the basic component of a pick and roll. Blake was open for the shot because Howard was late rotating. It wasn’t a play near the basket so he was lost. That sort of play is as basic as any schoolyard pickup game. How long has Howard been in the league now?

        Don’t count on that “defense needs to improve” to include Howard and anything outside the key. He thinks he’s a post player and refused to run the pick and roll in L.A., a basic play that someone of his size and quickness should have long ago made a staple of his game. The fact he was so easily fooled on the last play of that game speaks volumes for his lack of game mentality.

  5. Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    “While the narrative will be about the revenge of the Lakers on Dwight Howard…”

    Perhaps those pushing this “narrative” could do the rest of us a favor and maybe set a date sometime this season where they pledge to JUST LET IT GO. Jeez, if all anyone can do is beat on this long-dead horse they might want to consider some therapy.

    It’s early in the season (very early), but maybe the Rockets aren’t as good as the pundits have predicted and maybe the Lakers aren’t as bad as many would like them to be. There’s plenty of time left for the Rockets to get good and the Lakers to fade away.

    On the other hand the Rockets are supposed to be an elite team with two of the best players in the league, while the Lakers are considered lottery-bound. Now that the Lakers don’t seem to be just flailing about (as so many hoped) the critics are veering away from beating the “they’re going to suck” drum and are now clinging to the “what will they play like when Bryant comes back” scenario. We’ll see, but try not to forget that Bryant averaged six assists per game last year while dealing with multiple injured teammates and a center that thought he was a post player.

    I’m going to savor this upset simply because no one outside our fanbase thought the team had any chance at a win. All those role players everyone else laughed at are getting valuable experience and confidence. Guys are learning D’Antoni’s system and he’s learning who to play where and when.

    Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the guy who torpedoed the team last year and then fled is clanking free throws for someone else. Thanks for helping out in the win, Howard, you finally found a way to do something positive for the Lakers.

  6. davidly - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Wow. The Rockets had 22 more points on 52 to15 free throw attempts, held the Lakers to 39% from the field, turned the ball over seven fewer times, yet still lost.

    Obviously shooting 37% themselves didn’t help.

    I’m certainly no expert, but since the Lakers took 15 more shots, I have to wonder if there is something to D’Antoni’s offense after all.

    • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      Fifty two free throws to 15 is nuts. About as fair as that late “steal” that was all arm on a driving Laker (Meeks?) and resulted in a turnover. As a ref how do you see who the ball went off of without seeing why the ball came loose?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      52 free throws for Houston to 15 free throws for the Lakers.

      So… I guess this means that when you have a dominant big man in the post, you’ll end up shooting a lot more free throws than your opponent?

      This doesn’t make any sense at all… I thought the reason the Lakers shot so many free throws last year was because the NBA was trying to help them get into the playoffs.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    that made my day!

  8. rodyaugu - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    In Yo face moment of the season so far.

  9. 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    What a game, what a game!! Steve freakin’ Blake out of all people too! I’m probably the guy anti is talking about in regards to Laker fan/Steve Blake hatred and it would be true, but after last night….I’mma lay of him! He made me so proud, I still can’t believe he hit it! Even though I haven’t played 2K in over a month, I finally took him off of injured reserve and put him in the rotation and finally cut my main man Goudelock (time to let go Malt!) last night, that’s how pumped I was! LOL

    This is a funny thread though, I’m loving some of the convos.

    Man, I can’t say enough how glad I am that Howard is gone. He beat the Rockets just as bad as the Lakers beat them at the free throw line…uuugghh!!!!

    Great game Lakeshow. Even gotta give D’Ant some props as well, having this ragamuffin team play hard every night. Although I wanna choke him out on a nightly basis with not playing J Hill and keeping Blake out on the floor longer then anyone else.

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