If you think Paul Lee was already clutch in the series opener, he was more lethal in Game 2.
With no more sign of his past injury, Lee pierced the dagger through Alaska’s heart after nailing a jumper off a rebound play as the time expired to clinch a 2-0 series advantage for Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night.
After pouring in 20 points in Game 1, the ‘Lethal Weapon’ collected 17 points on a solid 60% shooting clip while adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists in another explosive game capped by the game-winning basket.
“Nagbaka-sakali na lang ako na mapunta sa kabila, ayun tumama sa ring, napunta yung bola dito. Pagkuha ko, nakita ko na two seconds pa ang oras eh, so ayun, nag-focus lang ako sa tira ko,” narrated Lee on his game-winning shot.
With the game going down to the wire, Lee turned his lethal mode on as he finished a three-point play off Rob Dozier foul in a gutsy drive to the basket to put Rain or Shine on top, 105-103, that set up his game winner after Alaska counterpart Calvin Abueva tied the game with 2 free throws.
“Binuwenas lang ako na nung tumama yung bola, napunta lang sa kabilang side, so bwenas talaga na nakuha ko,” he added.
Coming off a left knee injury that sidelined him for a number of games in the eliminations, the Tondo native is peaking at the right time in their bid to end their championship drought.
“Unang-una masaya kasi nakabalik na ako, perfect timing yung nangyari, semifinals tapos ngayon sa finals. Sana magtuloy-tuloy, and mahaba pa ito, mahaba pa ang series na ito,” said Lee.
When asked if he is still feeling pain in his knee, he said, “Okay lang, baka bukas ko pa maramdaman.” – By Jason Mercene
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