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TDIKH: January 4

Jan. 4, 2015

36 years, 134 days

Even in his penultimate season, Kobe Bryant proved he still had a bit of late-game magic to provide.

With 12.4 seconds left, he hit a 4-foot jumper to put the Lakers up, 88-87, and Indiana couldn’t respond, as Los Angeles pulled out the victory.

It took plenty of grinding to even get in that position. The Lakers fell behind by 13 after just one quarter, though they held the Pacers to 36.7 percent shooting.

However, L.A. itself hit only 38.0 percent, but Bryant (20 points, six rebounds, six assists) and Nick Young (22 points) managed to keep chipping at that deficit.

The Pacers enjoyed a 16-5 advantage on the offensive glass, but Young — who hit each of his 12 free throw attempts — helped the Lakers outscore their visitors at the line, 28-13.

Meanwhile, Bryant shot 7-of-14 from the field and provided all of L.A.’s final nine points, including that eventual game-winner.

Kobe performances on this day in history: