Bryant 43 points help Lakers win
He proved he is still one of the best players in the NBA, scoring 43 points in this game. 14 of them were made in the third quarter. After the match, he had many things to say.
"I just continued to attack," Bryant commented. "Fouls or no fouls, I just wanted to be aggressive."
We must remember that it was Bryant's 22nd 40-point game this season, one shy of Elgin Baylor's franchise record from 1962-63, and came as the Lakers bounced back from Thursday's loss to San Antonio with a much-needed win.
Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last six encounters and stayed 1 games in front of Sacramento for seventh in the Western Conference standings.
Kobe claimed outloud: "When we have losses, we don't want them coming in bunches."
Seattle got within 89-83 with 7:20 remaining after Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis hit consecutive 3-pointers. However, Devean George made a basket from the arc, Bryant scored six straight points and Luke Walton hit a layup for a 100-87 edge with 2:15 to go.