TDIKH: March 4

March 4, 2005

26 years, 193 days

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers spent much of the game trailing Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks, but Bryant saved his fastball for the very end.

Los Angeles’ star scored 10 points in the final 2:15 to cap a 40-point night and 108-103 victory.

<p.Bryant shot 13-of-27 from the field and also hit 14-of-16 at the foul line, while collecting eight rebounds and six assists.

Though Nowitzki countered with 23 points and 13 rebounds, Bryant was aided by strong nights by Caron Butler (20 points) and Lamar Odom (18 points, 11 rebounds).

The Lakers shot 51.9 percent from the field while holding the Mavs to 38.8 percent.

However, the visitors managed to keep it close by hitting 35-of-40 free throws and holding L.A. to a gruesome 1-of-18 clip on 3-pointers.

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