TDIKH: February 17

Feb. 17, 2004

25 years, 178 days

Kobe Bryant sprained his shoulder just five games earlier, but he was nonetheless able to lead the Lakers to victory with 31 points, including the go-ahead score in the final minute.

Bryant shot 13-of-23 while handing out 10 assists to held defeat Portland, 89-86.

Thanks largely to Shaquille O’Neal (21 points, 11 rebounds), Los Angeles enjoyed a 48-34 rebounding advantage over its visitors, but the Trail Blazers managed to stick around, as L.A. shot just 8-of-16 on free throws and scored only nine bench points.

However, Portland went scoreless in the final minute and 46 seconds.

Meantime, Bryant knifed through the defense and hit a layup with 31.8 seconds remaining to snap an 86-86 tie.

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