If the Rockets thought to a man they'd been run over by Shaquille O'Neal and Co., they also think that any company that has Kobe Bryant in it must be pretty good.
"The first time I saw one of those video games," said Coach Rudy Tomjanovich, "they got these guys jumping over the basket, throwing 'em down like this--he and Kevin Garnett and [Vince] Carter and guys like that are the real thing as far as athletes.
"And the kid [Bryant] is so young. You're in awe at what's going to happen as these guys get older."
Charles Barkley on O'Neal: "I've been saying for three or four years, Shaquille O'Neal is the most dominating player in the game. I just admire him and respect him. If he could ever make free throws, he'd be the greatest player ever.
"He's unstoppable. Dream [Hakeem Olajuwon] did the best he could. Antoine [Carr] did the best he could.
"I think the big key to the game was Kobe Bryant. He got off to a good start. The one thing about Shaquille, he's not in great shape. I know Shaquille gets tired a lot, if you watch him during the game.
"And when Kobe got off to a great start, he [O'Neal] had a lot of energy left for the fourth quarter."
Scottie Pippen, on the difference between the Lakers now and the team that lost here by 22 points on April 26:
"I can see a big difference. I think Kobe has settled in a little bit, to some degree, and has started looking to be less aggressive offensively and using his aggression to help create for other players."