Kobe Bryant ladies and gentlemen. When he said the Los Angeles Lakers would make the playoffs – he meant it.
Last night Kobe almost single-handedly carried his team past the Toronto Raptors. It was a game the Lakers should win on paper, especially at Staples Center, but as we have so often witnessed this season, they struggled.
Bryant’s 41 points and 12 assists yesterday marked back-to-back performances in which he has had at least 41 points and 12 assists. Ridiculous.
The three-pointers he hit should simply not have gone in. He should not be able to (despite the Raptors’ horrendous defense on the play) so effortlessly drive past a double team and throw down a two-handed dunk to give his team the lead in overtime. But he did.
Even at 34 years of age, Bryant continues to spoil NBA fans with sensational performances that we will come to remember when we look back and reminisce over his illustrious career.
With 24 points and 13 rebounds, Dwight Howard was great in his own right for the Lakers yesterday, but without Bryant’s killer instinct and competitiveness, the Raptors would have gone back to Canada with a W.
After the victory, Lakers finally move above 0.500 and one step closer to their goal, as they are now 32-31 on the season. The Utah Jazz lost a close one in Chicago last night, which has the Lakers just one game out of the playoffs.