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Rookie makes an impact

Originally Published: June 8, 2004
By Joe Lago | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant hit the clutch 3-pointer. But Luke Walton made all the plays.

Just ask the Los Angeles Lakers' other savior.

"You can talk about my shot all night long," said Bryant, whose game-tying 3-pointer forced overtime in the Lakers' series-tying 99-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. "But without Luke in the ballgame playing as well as he did, we would not be in that position."

Walton didn't get the assist on Bryant's big shot -- he merely got the ...

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