Kobe Bryant’s presence still inspires the Lakers whether on court, or wearing his trademark socks. The reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, were stunned by the Los Angeles Lakers on a Sunday matinee show at Los Angeles. The Warriors, in their bid to break the Chicago Bulls 72-10 record for the best regular season in the league’s history, were dealt a severe blow by a team which registered only its 13th win of the season.
Did Kobe Bryant’s return boost the Lakers? Or the Kobe Bryant-themed socks they wore enthused them to pull off an 112-95 upset win? For the first time in NBA history, a team wore a piece of equipment to honor a player still on duty, according to ESPN. The socks produced by Stance, the NBA’s official on-court sock provider, were approved and inspired by Bryant who is set to retire after this season. Bryant returned after missing the previous game due to a shoulder injury. The veteran superstar posted 12 points in 25 minutes.
Jordan Clarkson is evolving as new star of NBA. The point-guard, a silver lining in the Lakers’ roster this season, led Los Angeles with 25 points against an uncharacteristically sloppy Warriors team. Seven other Lakers also scored in double-digits, a testament of the team’s effort on Sunday. Backup point guard Marcelo Huertas notched up a career-high nine assists and played the best game of his brief NBA career. The 32-year-Brazilian was given an ovation as he left the court.
The Lakers had more ball possession and were able to limit their errors. An out-of-form Stephen Curry made the job easier for the Lakers. Evan the Lakers’ fans never expected the MVP to miss nine out of his ten three point attempts, given the kind of devastating form he had exhibited this season. His poor performance left Golden State paralyzed and they posted season-low four 3-pointers. Curry though, led the Warriors with 18 points, as reported by the NBC Southern California. The Warriors lost their sixth game of the season but is still hopeful they can beat the Bulls’ long-standing record.