“I just want it so bad, that’s all. I just want it really bad.” – Kobe Bryant after scoring 40 points in game one.
“We’ve never had a shooting night this bad. We’ve just got to come out and play a lot harder than we did tonight.” – Dwight Howard after the Magic went 8 of 23 from three point range and just 30% from the floor.
“He was great. He was tremendous. We were giving him too much space on his pull-up jumpers and he did a good job of attacking us. I know this: We are a lot better than we showed.” – Stan Van Gundy on Kobe Bryant
“It’s just one game. It’s a long series. We’ve got a couple days to work on some things. We know how good we are, and we know what we need to do to win.” – Hedo Turkoglu after a 3-11 shooting night.
· Kobe’s 40 points were a career high for him in the NBA Finals and the 10th time he’s scored 40 in the playoffs.