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The Sacramento Kings led by 6 points with about 5 minutes to play in the 4th quarter but Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers make the big shots late to comeback and win 98-95.
Bryant scored 9 points in the decisive 4th quarter, including the game tying 3-point shot at the 2:15 mark to even the score at 92-92; then, makes 4 free throws and an assist on a thread-the-needle pass to Jordan Hill in the final 2 minutes to secure the win.
Bryant finished with a game high 32 points on 11 for 27 from the field and a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. Bryant was admittedly tired in the game but found energy to close out.
“I’m hurting,” Bryant admitted to reporters after the game. “At halftime, I just lay down and try to put myself mentally in a place where I just block it out and come out and play.”
Bryant is now 30 points from reaching 3rd on the NBA All-Time scoring list which would tie Micheal Jordan. Bryant was asked if he expects a call from MJ when reaching the milestone.
I asked Kobe if he expected to hear from Jordan after he passes him on the scoring list. Bryant said he and MJ communicate often.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 10, 2014
The Lakers got a great game off the bench from Carlos Boozer who scored 15 points and led the team in rebounding with 9.
Ed Davis in his 2nd start was perfect from the field, scoring 11 points on 5 for 5 from the field.
Nick Young scored 12 points off the bench and Wesley Johnson scored 10 points. The Lakers had 5 players score in double figures.
The Lakers excelled in protecting the ball against the Kings, only committing 5 turnovers on the night.
The Lakers got a break not having to deal with the load in the middle that is known as DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings who is still out due to a viral infection.
The Kings were led by Darren Collison and Rudy Gay who scored 26 and 23, respectively.
The win improves the Lakers record to 6-16 on the season which ranks them 13th in the Western Conference.
The Lakers take on the San Antonio Spurs on the road on Friday.