Interestingly, even as the ball was bouncing around, Mitchell Wiggins was going past Michael Cooper to get in position for a possible offensive rebound. That spoke volumes about the series—the Rockets always seemed to be moving and the Lakers always seemed to be standing still.
"Sometimes it takes a miracle to beat the world champions," said Riley. Not really—Sampson's shot notwithstanding, miracles had nothing to do with it. The Rockets headed into the Boston series secure in the knowledge that they had gone over, around and through the Lakers. And everybody else knew it, too.