On the Hardwood: Los Angeles Lakers -- (nonfiction), sample page:
True, it was still early—only four minutes into the third quarter. There was a lot of basketball yet to be played. But if you had looked around, you would have seen 18,997 worried faces. That’s how many people the Staples Center in Los Angeles holds. The huge arena had suddenly gone silent. There were millions of Lakers fans all around the world who were also nervous and concerned. After all, the Lakers were down by 13 points. Against some teams, a deficit of 13 points wouldn’t be such a big deal. However, this was no ordinary team the Lakers were facing. It was the legendary Boston Celtics. The date was June 17, 2010. It was game seven of the NBA Finals. There is nothing else in all of sports that can match the pressure and intensity of a seventh game. The Lakers had started out cold, missing eight out of their first 10 shots. By the end of the first quarter, they had fallen behind by nine points, 23-14. Then, suddenly it was the Celtics who couldn’t get anything to drop. The Lakers caught up and actually jumped in front briefly. By halftime, however, Boston had regained the lead—the teams went into the locker room with a 40-34 edge for the Celtics. Things started going downhill for the Lakers when the third quarter got underway. That’s why fans were so worried when Rajon Rondon found his way to the rim and scored to increase the Celtics’ lead to 13 points, 49-36. It felt like the game might be slipping away. However, the Lakers were an experienced and veteran team that had dealt with this kind of pressure before. They started to fight back. The Staples Center came to life as the momentum slowly began to shift.