TDIKH: March 21

March 21, 1999

20 years, 210 days

When the Lakers fell behind by 20 points at halftime, they turned to their budding superstar, who instantly delivered.

Kobe Bryant poured in 33 of his season-high 38 points in the final two quarters to lead Los Angeles past Orlando, 115-104.

Bryant’s tally was at just five points at intermission, as the purple and gold had fallen behind, 63-43. But everything changed from there, as L.A. outscored its hosts, 72-41, in the second half.

Bryant shot 15-of-24 from the field, while Shaquille O’Neal did his part by racking up 31 points (14-of-19) and 13 rebounds.

While Orlando put up a fight behind 22 points and 13 assists from Penny Hardaway, it simply couldn’t avoid a collapse against an L.A. unit that shot 60.3 percent from the field.

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