Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 34 points wearing the Jordan Prime 5.
words // Nick Engvall
There weren’t too many people that would have bet on both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers losing the first game and giving up home court advantage on Monday. Except for maybe the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, who simply showed up and played hard until the final second.
For Atlanta it was Joe Johnson leading the way with 34 points on 5-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. The win snapped a 15-game second round losing streak for the Hawks. To pour salt on the wound of Bulls fans, as the clock expired, Derrick Rose rolled his ankle and limped off the court in uncertainty.
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Lakers seemed to have put the Mavs away early but Dirk Nowitzki’s 28 points wouldn’t let Dallas lose. Pau Gasol made a couple of late mistakes and Kobe Bryant couldn’t quite get the last second game winner to fall. The bright side for Laker fans is that they continue to get a preview of the Nike Hyperfuse 2011 thanks to Lamar Odom.
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Josh Smith drives down the lane wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.
Jamal Crawford calls out a play in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.
Ron Artest arrives pre-game with a fresh pair of Ball’n sneakers.
Lamar Odom wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2011, defended by Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.
Kobe Bryant wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.
Shannon Brown wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI and Andrew Bynum in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.
Corey Brewer poses for the camera in the adiZero Crazy Light.
Jason Terry drives to the basket in the Reebok Zig Slash, defended by Odom in the Hyperfuse 2011.