NBA News: Kobe Bryant Shines Again, Lakers Win Thriller Over Pelicans
Old is gold, and Kobe Bryant is proving it once more. The legendary star guided the Los Angeles Lakers to their second successive win on Thursday.Advertisement
The Lakers pulled off a thrilling 99-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Bryant hit three pivotal 3-pointers to guide his side home. Bryant scored a season-high 38 points over Minnesota Timberwolves in the last game.
Bryant is showing glimpses of his glorious past in the last lap of his career. The 37-year-old has already announced his retirement at the end of this season. His final three-pointer with a minute of the game left set up Lakers’ victory on Thursday as they extended their lead to 98-92, reports Yahoo Sports. Bryant notched up 27 points.
Bryant was seen wagging his index finger as if to say “don’t doubt my abilities.” A significant portion of the crowd cheered wildly as the legend jogged back to the up-court. Bryant also returned with 12 rebounds but missed a free throw with 6 seconds remaining in the final quarter.
Anthony Davis finished with a game-high 39 points and 11 rebounds, but his missed break-away dunk in the final quarter let the Pelicans down.
Bryant had back-to-back 25 points since November 2014, according to ESPN. In the last three games, the veteran Lakers’ star is averaging 29.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, a testimony of Los Angeles’ resurgence after a low season.