Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard stepped up big time for the Los Angeles Lakers last night, as the team rallied late to beat the New Orleans Hornets.
After a disappointing loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers probably expected an easier game against a mediocre Hornets team. However, this was not the case, and the Hornets led by as much as 25 points in the game.
While it is still a regular season game, had the Lakers lost last night’s contest, the road to the playoffs would not have looked particularly bright. You would always expect the Lakers to beat the Hornets, but the team wearing purple and gold did not make it easy on themselves.
Despite the two teams being even after the first quarter, the Hornets somehow went into the halftime break with a 19-point lead. Instead of crumbling under the pressure, Bryant and Howard led the way in the fourth, as the Lakers outscored their opponents 33-9 in the final period.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Lakers not only scored the last 20 points in the game, but also made a somewhat historic comeback. The team had not won a single game, in which they trailed by at least 25 points, since 2002.
Kobe had an overall terrific performance, scoring 42 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out 12 assists, on an efficient 14-21 shooting. Howard recorded a very solid 20 point and 15 rebound stat line on 9-16 shooting. He also had some huge blocks in the final period, blocking a total of four shots in the game.
Bryant injured his elbow in the game against the Thunder, so him putting up massive numbers in the following him should definitely relieve the fans.
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