Kobe Bryant put on a show for the second night in a row.
The Los Angeles Lakers star had a vintage performance Wednesday on the road in the second night of a back-to-back, putting up a team-high 31 points. Bryant scored 18 first-half points, but saved his best performance for the game’s waning moments.
With the Lakers trailing and under a minute left in regulation, Bryant hit a pull-up 3-pointer to take the lead.
Moments later with the score tied, Bryant took the ball in isolation and hit a step-back fadeaway to break the knot.
The Washington Wizards fans loved the performance and were on their feet cheering the entire time, despite the fact that their team was on the verge of losing. When the arena organ played a “de-fense” tune, the crowd instead chanted “Ko-be, Ko-be.”
Bryant scored 12 of his 31 in the fourth quarter, including five points in a 27-second span with less than a minute remaining. The Lakers won the game 108-104.
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