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TDIKH: March 6

March 6, 2013

34 years, 195 days

Trailing by 14 midway through the final quarter, Kobe Bryant did’t panic. Instead, he methodically dissected New Orleans to lead the Lakers on a 20-0 game-ending run for a 108-102 victory.

“I believed we were going to win it the whole time,” Bryant told the media. “The most important thing for me was to bring my teammates along with me. I had to force the game upon them a little bit and change the momentum and get everybody believing we could do this together.”

Bryant piled up 42 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, while shooting 14-of-21 from the field and 11-of-14 on free throws.

But it was far from easy for Bryant, whose team fell behind by 19 at halftime after a 39-20 second-quarter shellacking.

Los Angeles didn’t gain much traction in the third, but it erupted in the final frame.

Bryant scored 18 in the fourth quarter alone, including a layup that tied the game at 102 with 1:34 left. Then he came right back down and splashed a 10-foot fadeaway for the go-ahead score.

The Lakers held their hosts scoreless for the game’s final 6:46, outscoring the Hornets 33-9 in the fourth.

In addition to Bryant’s brilliance, the Lakers received a strong outing from Dwight Howard (20 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks), who had a key swat on Robin Lopez’s game-tying shot with 27.1 seconds left.

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