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Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  37 responses

Video: Kobe Bryant’s Clutch Plays Beat Toronto Raptors

KB comes through when it matters most.

Kobe Bryant didn’t play or shoot all that well (9 of 23 from the field for his 27 points) against the Toronto Raptors yesterday, but with the game on the line, he was dominant. A big-time three, a crucial steal and assist, plus the game-winning shot sealed the victory for the Lakers.

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  • alexcrook

    kobe came up big time. but prior to the last shot being taken it looked like he ran with the damn ball, before putting it down.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    y the F r we struggling to beat the raptors???we should have won every game on this “grammy trip”!!!fire mike brown asap!!!

  • AQWORD

    Watched that game , it was a good one. Yes Kobe had a few clutch plays but he stank a few up in the 4th too. Raptors showed that anybody can hang against the Lakers this season.

  • AQWORD

    Watched that game , it was a good one. Yes Kobe had a few clutch plays but he stank a few up in the 4th too. Raptors showed that anybody can hang against the Lakers this season.

  • Donatello

    Yes, Kobe took two steps before the dribble. And I agree with you, kobesBESTfriend, games vs raptors shouldnt come down to the last seconds. Brown should get fired.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Closing time. I love to see it. Some guys have that inate ability to turn up their focus when everything is on the line. It’s beautiful to see. Sometimes it’s a game, sometimes it’s a sale. ABC, baby. ALWAYS BE CLOSING! You close or you hit the bricks!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *innate

  • shutup

    Kobe is definitely mr.clutch in the nba, I dont know why so many people get on Lebrons hairline Kobes is pushed back hella far too, Calderon played his heart out, not a fan of either team but I appreciate hard fought games, even if it wasnt the prettiest affair.

  • All Day

    ^Because Bean is not trying to hide his hairline with a headband!

  • random

    TRAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @alexcrook yeah looked like it, actually kinda clever what he did, he bobbled it a bit so he didn’t have full possession so he could take a few steps to get to his spot. Been so dissapointed with what I’ve seen of Kobe/Lakers generally. Peeped the Lin showdown, and Kobe really just looks like he isn’t capable of getting to certain spots and making certain shots anymore. I don’t know how much of that is the lingering injuries or father time. Can’t get to the line to save his life either. Just hasn’t been himself from what I’ve seen, and of course the system doesn’t help that out any either. Good to see him back on some of his old ways if not for just a a few seconds though

  • waka2hehe

    no doubt for 5 rings player

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    TBRK, You didn’t know that Kobe is not as good as he use to be? Wish someone coulda enlightened you about two years ago. He’s 33 or 34 years old averaging nearly 30ppg on 45% fg, with over 5 assists and 5 rebounds a game to go along with clutch plays. Pretty dam amazing for a regressing old timer imo.

  • Charles

    Who told Kleiza he can handle the ball?

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    The refs not seeing the timeout and giving the ball back to the lakers so Kobe could travel and score killed them. The zebras always have it in for the Raps.

  • Dungeon Family

    For some of ya’ll to Hate Kobe…..Ya’ll watch his every move more than a Fan a Kobe…..

    I find that Interesting The same way I feel about you Lebron critics

  • shutup

    they showed the 5 second count on espn, no ones fault but the Raptors.Bruce Bowen broke down that last play defensively; good stuff, as a Spurs fan cant say I always liked how Bowen played (great D but a tad dirty at times), but his analysis of defenses is spot on and his bow-tie collection top notch.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Another travel on another game winner.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @LakeShow not that I didn’t know he’s declining. I’m saying there are just certain limitations to his game this year that I haven’t seen from him last year (except for the postseason) and any year prior. Its the subtle things like creating space off a jab; it seems like every defender is locked on to him like glue- and the shots he’s often finds himself settling for may be ‘bad’ shots, but shots he shoots with a much higher percentage when….I guess normal. I’ll admit I haven’t watched much basketball this season but when I have tuned in these are the things I’ve noticed. The reason I say I don’t know how much of it is injury or age is because I remember watching the first game of the season and seeing how sprightly his legs looked, a packed schedule with definitely have its wear, but I don’t think he’s less ‘athletic’ than last year…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah he isn’t in first game of the year condition now, but to be honest he is markedly better than he was last year. He is actually all around more effective this year than last year. His last two years have been his slow decline, but this year so far he has staved off old man time. He has looked real good this year imo. He isn’t 2008 good, but he is dam close to it.

  • rande3p

    stfu and enjoy this guy … unreal ya’ll still hating/”analyzing” … if this team didnt have the worst bench in the league they would have the best record and everyone would be saying kobe mvp

  • shutup

    I respect what Kobe does as a player but the Kobe man love in here is getting kind of thick. I imagined the comment above me in an angry flavor flav voice. YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BBBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

  • tomtom

    Chief what u smokin? That was a legit 5 second count..

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Perhaps watching TSN here in Canada and seeing Dwayne Casey screaming at the refs has given me an alternative view on the situation. Also watching the Raps have mad road trips where it appears the refs are deaf to any timeout calls and calling fouls have left a bitter taste in my mouth. I still remember Tim Donaghy. Kings getting robbed by this team in the playoffs as well.

  • buschfire

    It was a legit 5 second count. however the replay showing on sportscenter and every other american sports news shows butler calling the time out around or close to the 5 count. What you didn’t see is Dwane Casey calling the timeout from the bench. apparently the Ref didn’t hear or see it either so… none the less good hard fought game by the Raptors. Calderon played his heart out.

  • buschfire

    wow, i didn’t even realize it. I don’t know why we are arguing the 5 second count anymore… on Kobe’s “game winning shot” he actually did take 3 steps before he dribble the ball. I am being totally objective in my reffing ability but i definitley counted 3 steps before he put the ball on the floor. THAT BUCKET SHOULD HAVE NEVER COUNTED! effin NBA refs!

  • shutup

    It wasnt a travel at least not this time Kobe does shuffle his pivot regularly, especially on his up and under reverse pivot. If he was stopped when caught the ball then took the step he did it woulda been a travel, but he was in motion thus he’s allowed a step into the dribble, thats why many players hop into catching a pass, to allow them pick which pivot they want; becuase one hasnt been established yet.

  • swiftyk

    kobe isn’t one of my favorite players, but i’d take him over anyone to have the ball in his hands in the final seconds/last shot for the game.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Kobe is clutch.

  • flipnoyce

    Travvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllll, dude ran with the ball while the ref watch him head on!!! NBA, Where Sternbots Happen!

  • LA Huey

    Not sure if shutup is right but I appreciate someone actually spelling out why a call went a certain way based on the very specific way the NBA calls its steps.

  • kev

    um this is against toronto right……. um ok

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    yes it TDOT get over it

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    That was not clutch. Kobe hit a lucky/fluky jumpshot falling out of bounds

  • AQWORD

    Get that Tina Turner bull ish outa here before i unleash Ike on ya. On the other hand, Tina kinda suits Kobe since hes such a beat up B!#(h A$$ !!! F*ckwittable. Yo mamma is clutch but i aint the one. The truth is , i aint you father.

  • marc

    I wonder if Kobe was like “yeah I travelled. What you going to do about it?” lol

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