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Chinese VP watches NBA game in Los Angeles

02-19-2012 09:33 BJT Special Report:Vice President Xi Visits US, Ireland, Turkey |

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The Staple Center in Los Angeles welcome a special visitor on Friday evening as the Lakers played host to the Phoenix Suns. In attendance for the game, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, taking a little time off from his official state visit to watch the league’s leading scorer Kobe Bryant do his thing.

Xi watched the game in a luxury suite where he reportedly received a pair of autographed sneakers from Kobe.

And the All-Star guard put on a show for the Chinese V.P. as Kobe scored 18 of his team leading 36 on the night in the third quarter, the only one that Xi saw in its entirety.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C, front) is presented with a souvenir Los Angeles
Lakers jersey with his name imprinted on it by former Lakers star Magic Johnson (R, front)
at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the United States, Feb. 17, 2012. Xi Jinping watched
a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at the Staples
Center on Friday evening. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

He led the Lakers to pull away in the third. A 13-point lead for L.A. on the Andrew Bynum dunk.

The Lakers led 87-73 after the third quarter, thanks to an 18-2 run capped off by Bryant’s 3-pointer deep in the Q.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Steve Nash started a quick break for Markieff Morris to score with a layup. 17 dimes for Nash overall. The Suns cut the deficit to 7, looking for a comeback.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C, front) is presented with souvenir jerseys with names
of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player David Beckham
at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the United States, Feb. 17, 2012. Xi Jinping watched
a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at the Staples
Center on Friday evening. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

And the Suns, would cut into the lead even further as Shannon Brown, facing his former team, throws it down after Morris missed a three. It was a 5-point game. Brown had 15 on the night.

However Kobe and the Lakers would regain control of the game...and this floater from Kobe, making it double-digits once again for L.A.

And Pau Gasol would put a nail in this one, as the Lakers held off the Suns 111-99.

 

 


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