Do you remembers Allen Iverson saying, “Play every game like it’s your last”; well this was that game for Kobe.
Almost singlehandedly, Kobe willed the Lakers to victory, finishing with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Many of those points coming in the fourth quarter when Kobe went into “mamba-mode”; carrying the team on his shoulders and willing them to victory.
Another player who should be acknowledged for his performance in this contest is Steve Nash who put in a career high for this season with 20 points, while knocking down some crucial 3 pointers late in the fourth.
Other Lakers also did a good job of stepping up in this game. The bench played much better than usual, putting in 29 points with only 1 turnover.
Now on the Maverick’s side
The big scorer: Dirk brought the load for the Maverick’s, having his best performance of the season with 30 points, including shooting 4 for 4 from the 3 point line.
Other big factors for the Mavs: The Maverick’s bench came up big in this game as Vince Carter and Elton brand combined for 29 points, keeping the game very close down the stretch.
Overall it was a great game for the Lakers. They were able to continue to show that they can get road victories without Pau Gasol. And this will be very important because upcoming games include the Nuggets and the Thunder on the road.
The Lakers next game is at the Nuggets, who currently hold the fifth seed in the west.
This game could possibly put them at .500 with a win while also pushing them within 2 games of the eight seed in the west.
The team has already lost to the Nuggets three times this season (two of them by double digits).
Let’s hope they can get a win to try and save their season.
About the Author
Written by Michael Cole
My name is Michael and I like basketball. I am the most avid Kobe Bryant fan you will ever meet. I am trying to get my career going as both a player and a writer. Enough said.