TDIKH: December 16
Dec. 16, 2009
31 years, 115 days
Everyone knew who the ball was going to, but Kobe Bryant made the shot anyway. With his team down by one point in overtime, Bryant backed down his defender from 15 feet out and swished a turnaround jumper for the win.
Bryant scored the game’s final seven points of the game to push the Lakers past Milwaukee, 107-106. His last-second heroics were almost unnecessary, as he missed his first chance at a game-winner in regulation.
“I had a really good look on the first one and wanted to go right back to the same spot and get the same look,” Bryant told reporters.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP had just 12 points at halftime, but finished with 39 by shooting 13-of-28 from the field and knocking down all 12 of his free throw attempts.
Per usual, Pau Gasol had Bryant’s back, exploding for 26 points and a then-career-high 22 rebounds. The Spaniard also shot 9-of-15 and swatted four shots.
While Michael Redd (25 points) and Ersan Ilyasova (24) kept Milwaukee close all game long, they blew a six-point lead in the final 80 seconds of overtime, as Bryant exploded from there.
Unlike Bryant, the Bucks couldn’t find success at the line, where they were outscored 29-12 on free throws.
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