Kobe Bryant scores 41, but Lakers lose
"They came out and performed a lot harder than we did,'' Bryant told the reporters. "After the last showing they had on their court, I'm sure they took it upon themselves and played with more effort and much heart. And they did it.''
Kobe Bryant, who had 23 points at the half, dunked with 23.9 seconds left to make the score 111-103, but the Lakers couldn't get any closer. This way, they ended a three-game winning streak.
"The Coach explained what it was all about,'' guard Steve Blake explained. "He only said you've got to play with a lot of heart and a lot of passion. You've got to desire it.''
For the records, Kobe had scored at least 45 points in his last four matches, becoming the first player to score as many since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. Elgin Baylor also reached the milestone in 1961.