We thought that Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams had the most spectacular night on Friday. He did, after all, break the all-time record for most 3-pointers made in a single half with nine total (he finished with 11 for the game) and scored a season-high 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting.
And then Kobe Bryant happened.
The Los Angeles Lakers looked to suffer an excruciatingly painful loss at home against the lowly Toronto Raptors – much like they did against the New Orleans Hornets in the previous game – as they hopelessly trailed by five points late in the fourth quarter.
Kobe, however, wouldn’t have it. Time after time, the guard found a way to hit one ridiculous fading shot after another down the stretch to eventually help send the game to overtime, where the team would prevail 118-116, thanks to his game-clinching dunk with 10.7 seconds remaining. Actually, he can thank Aaron Gray for inadvertently setting a pick against his own team for that one. Lets take a look at Kobe’s greatness down the stretch:
Kobe finished the night with 41 points on 11-of-22 shooting, six rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and nine turnovers. I don’t know about any other year, but his level of play – at the age of 34 – has never been more comparable to Michael Jordan, and that’s coming from someone who has never accepted the idea of comparing the two in terms of level of play. Hell, not even Jordan put up at least 40 points and 12 assists in two consecutive games at the age of 34, although he did have two different times when he would score at least 40 points in consecutive games.
But that’s enough about Jordan. We’re here to talk about Kobe. Here is what twitter had to say about “Vino”‘s epic performance, including Vino himself: