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Houston Rockets’ Finish Hurts So Good

Published by on May 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

"Hurt so good, come on baby make it hurt so good, sometimes love don't feel like it should, you make it hurt so good."—John Mellencamp

This one stings.

Kobe Bryant bricked eight of 12 shots. The Los Angeles Lakers managed 89 points, nearly 30 below their highest scoring affair of these playoffs.

The Rockets fought hard as they had all series. They dove for loose balls and played gritty, stingy half-court defense.

The Lakers still whipped them, 89-70. A season's worth of troubles snakebit them in their most important game.

Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo sat out with serious leg injuries. Mutombo's ended his Hall of Fame-caliber career. Yao's left him blank and que...

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