TDIKH: February 25

Feb. 25, 2004

25 years, 186 days

Kobe Bryant sparked the Lakers’ furious last-minute rally, but an unlikely teammate ended it.

Trailing by seven with 1:13 remaining in Denver, Bryant hit a 3-pointer, which was then followed by a steal and layup from Luke Walton.

The Lakers trailed, 111-109, with 3.2 seconds to go and tried to get the ball to Bryant, but it instead ended up in the hands of Kareem Rush, who buried the game-winner.

While Rush provided the heroics, Bryant served as the engine in Los Angeles’ fifth straight win by scoring 35 points to match the production from a rookie named Carmelo Anthony.</p.

A crowd of 19,812 — the largest ever for a Nuggets game — was on hand to see its home team take a 12-point halftime lead. But Bryant managed to keep his team within striking distance, as he shot 14-of-26 while pitching in 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Denver shot 55.8 percent from the field, but simply gave away too many possessions with 20 turnovers.

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