NBA News: Kobe Bryant Shines Again, Lakers Win Thriller Over Pelicans

NBA News: Kobe Bryant Shines Again, Lakers Win Thriller Over Pelicans
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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.


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.

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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.

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