Kobe for Three

The week of game sevens truly left me with a plethora of “Play of the Week” worthy moments from which to choose. In the world of the NBA, the Clippers clipped the Grizzlies to advance to the Conference Semifinals along with the Lakers and the Celtics. In the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also pushed the series to game seven, where New York came out on top, advancing to the Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Not a game seven, but spectacular in every sense of the word, the Manchester City soccer club scored two goals in the last two minutes to win their first title in 50 years.

Granted, everything mentioned above (especially Manchester City) surpasses the criteria to be the Play of the Week. However, I am a huge Lakers fan and Kobe fan. So this week’s play comes to us from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers hosted the Denver Nuggets in game seven. The first two quarters were mainly dominated by the Lakers; however, after the Nuggets came back from a 16 point deficit the second half was anyone’s game.

The fourth quarter was extremely physical and competitive. For the majority of the final quarter, the score stayed within a five point margin. Denver had a brief run with just under two minutes left where they were starting to close the gap. At the minute marker, the Lakers were in the lead 89 – 84, and in no way out of Denver’s reach…yet. With 50 seconds left in the game, jersey number 24, Mr. Bryant, makes one of the prettiest three-point shots I have ever seen and your TicketCity Play of the Week. After some desperate attempts by Denver, Los Angeles takes a nine point lead and a ticket to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

To make Kobe’s shot even better,he completes the play by getting up off the ground, turning and having a high-five session with Justin Timberlake. Only in Hollywood. Enjoy!

The Week in TicketCity Search – May 4th

The WWE retains a submission hold on the top spot, though with our local Austin RAW over, it will be interesting to see if they remain competitive next week. Gaga and the esteemed Mr. Bieber swap spots, bringing additional normalcy back to the top 3. Swinging in at #4 is College Baseball, or rather, post season college baseball and the Regional / Super Regional contests leading up to the College World Series in Omaha later this month. The CWS is always popular with us, and looks like this season won’t be any different.

Championships abound this month. World Cup climbs a bit to round out the top 5 and the finals of the NCAA Lacrosse Championships keep that on the board. Skipping down to #10 we see the Lakers appearing, as they secured a 12th meeting with the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals. Another piece of history there with the most famous championship rivalry in all of pro basketball. The Lakers’ record in these meetings could use some polish, so maybe they’ll get on the road to evening things up with the Celtics this year.

The rest of the top 10 includes everyone’s favorite Bachata band, Aventura, and Tool, who tumble a bit from the Top 5 down to #8. Finally, what’s baseball season without the Yankees putting in an appearance on the countdown.

1 1 WWE
2 3 Lady Gaga
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 - College Baseball
5 8 World Cup
6 5 NCAA Lacrosse
7 9 Aventura
8 4 Tool
9 - NY Yankees
10 8 LA Lakers