Efficient and Clutch Kobe was back Sunday night, as Bryant scored the Los Angeles Lakers’ final nine points (including the game-winning floater with 12 seconds to go) in their 88-87 win against the visiting Indiana Pacers.
The Black Mamba finished with 20 points on 7/14 shooting from the field, while grabbing six boards and dishing out six assists.
Per the LA Daily News:
All order was then restored. The Lakers picked up a 88-87 win on Sunday over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. The 18,997 fans enjoyed their first free tacos in 2015. And Bryant delivered both an efficient and clutch performance with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes.
“I don’t worry about it too much,” Bryant said about his recent fourth-quarter struggles. “That’s not something I worry about. I’ve hit plenty of mine in my day. The city of L.A. is a little spoiled by it.”
After looking too fatigued to carry the Lakers to the finish line during this taxing 2014-15 season, Bryant appeared rejuvenated. […] “I love the fact that it seems like he has more energy. He obviously has his legs,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He’s been well rested if he has to carry us in that fourth quarter. That’s what he did tonight.”