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Published on Aug 20, 2008
Detroit 3 Los Angeles 1
This was the final game of Karl Malone's career and the final game Gary Payton and Shaquille O'Neal (as well as most of the Lakers other than Kobe) would play in the Purple & Gold. Pistons' defense dominated this series, and if not for Bryant's heroics in game 2, the Pistons would've swept away the Lakers. Chauncey Billups continued to shut down Gary Payton, and the Lakers would search for a 3rd option behind KB8 and Snaq - they would never find it.
Bryant finishes with: 24 points 3 rebounds 4 assists 1 steal 3 turnovers 7/21 on field goals 0/2 on three pointers 10/11 on free throws