On This Date in NBA History: May 13, The 2001 Lakers Swept First-Round Series

Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant speaks during a press conference before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2001 – With a 119-113 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers swept the first-round series. It was the fourth of 11 consecutive wins for Los Angeles that postseason. The Lakers entered the final quarter of that contest trailing, but outscored the Kings 39-29 in the last 12 minutes. Kobe Bryant’s game-high 48 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, led the Lakers to victory.

Bryant recently said that he wants to help pick the Lakers’ new head coach after Mike D’Antoni resigned. There is no controversy like Bryant had with Shaquille O’Neal about a decade ago, but there were not many purple and gold wins at the Staples Center in 2013-14. Bryant, who turns 36 in August, will look to usher in the next era of Lakers basketball as he nears the end of his own career.

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