To be honest, there's not a lot to add about this game than what you'll see in the column in Saturday's paper: That the Cavaliers outworked the Lakers, the Lakers were generally bad (the bench particularly so) and that the Lakers lost their cool in pretty spectacular fashion.
But here are a few postgame comments that didn't make it into that column:
Phil Jackson, on Shaquille O'Neal, who had 11 points and seven rebounds (and on the officiating):
"He definitely had a presence in the game. ... I do know that he was a factor on Kobe. Shaq knocked him over a few times without even a call. Whether he went straight up or right into Kobe, that's the referee's job to make that determination. But he was definitely a presence out there
O'Neal, on the Cavs' showing:
"I'm not surprised. We konw we can match up well with anybody. I felt yesterday that it was going to be a good test for us. ... Most of the games we have lost, we have beat ourselves. Today we came out, we stepped up to the challenge."
LeBron James on the defense of the Cavs, who held the Lakers to 36.5 percent shooting:
"I think it ranks up there just because of the caliber of team and the caliber of players that they have and (it's) on the road. I think you could definitely rank this up there as one of the best ones we've had this year. But that's just us. Defensively, we fly around. We help each other. Everyone did a wonderful job of communicating, trusting the system and just being aggressive."
Pau Gasol, on needing more balanced scoring (Bryant had 35 points Friday; the other four starters combined for 35 points):
"Everybody has to be conscious of what we have to do out there to have a balanced game. That's how you're supposed to do it. You can't expect it to happen. ... We can't cruise and expect things to come our way just because we have such high quality of players."