Kobe Bryant rescued the Los Angeles Lakers from setting a new franchise record for futility Tuesday night—The Black Mamba’s season-high 38 points gave the Lakers their first win in 11 tries, as they held off the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115.
Bryant hit seven three-pointers, and made several clutch buckets to secure the victory.
Kobe Bryant's seven 3-pointers are his most in eight years.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 3, 2016
Kobe on scoring 38 points: "You’ve seen me for 20 damn years. What do you expect?"
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 3, 2016
Andrew Wiggins led the way for Minny with 30 points.
Per the LA Times:
Sorry, history. Infamy will have to wait for another day. […] The Lakers avoided sole possession of the longest losing streak in their 68-year existence, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-115, to end a 10-game slump.
The Lakers led by 16 right before halftime and couldn’t hold it at Staples Center, Minnesota taking a 102-101 lead on Zach LaVine’s fastbreak layup with 5:15 left. […] Bryant answered with back-to-back three-pointers and the crisis was averted for a few more minutes. His 20-foot floater meant a 113-110 lead with 26.4 seconds left, and he made six consecutive free throws from there as Minnesota started fouling to shorten possessions.
“You’ve seen me for 20 damn years. What do you expect?” said Bryant, who was 10 for 21 overall and added five assists. “It feels good to make those shots.”