But he was someone else and somewhere else in the final minutes of Game 3, flashing the absolute wrong body language when he clanked a gigantic free throw with a minute left -- his fifth miss of the evening -- and sunk into the sort of exasperation that Jordan never would have let us see. Bryant stared at the floor during a timeout, cursed at himself and took his bitter mood back onto the court, where, in a defining moment, Dwight Howard and Mickael Pietrus trapped him, allowing Howard to tap the ball into a scrum that resulted in a critical turnover. This was followed by two Bryant misses on three-point tries, one with 28.7 seconds left and the other with 6.9 seconds left, and suddenly, the megastar who performed in Game 1 like the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) was the g-o-a-t of the evening in a 108-104 loss to the Magic.
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