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The stage was set for Kobe Bryant to pass Micheal Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Friday night. It was a nationally televised game on ESPN and he was going against his contemporary in Tim Duncan, a player he’s battled against for most of his 19 year career, but as it turned out Bryant didn’t accomplish the grand feat on this night.
What Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers did get was an amazing upset 112-110 victory over the Spurs in San Antonio. What they also got was a miraculous 3-point basket from Nick Young that won the game for the Lakers.
Nick Young carried the Lakers in the scoring department, finishing with a game high 29 points on 9 for 14 from the field and 6 from 9 from the 3-point line, none bigger than the one he nailed in the face of Manu Ginobili to put the Lakers up for good at 112-110.
Nick Young, AKA Swaggy P: “I don’t miss. That’s my new name: IDM."
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 13, 2014
The Spurs had a chance to win the game with 7.4 seconds remaining in the game but Manu Ginobili misses a 3-pointer as time expires.
A lot was made about the explicit trash talking that Kobe Bryant was firing at his team during a scrimmage at practice on Thursday where he called his teammates soft as Charmin toilet paper. It got so much attention it reached the reference Charmin who decided to chime in on Twitter.
You know, in terms of toilet paper, saying you're as soft as Charmin is a good thing. In basketball? Not so much. #tweetfromtheseat
— Charmin (@Charmin) December 11, 2014
After the win there were still plenty of Charmin references in the Lakers very elated locker room.
— Jaime Maggio (@jaimemaggio) December 13, 2014
Nick Young: "When I’m out there, I don’t play like Charmin. I like Scott tissue. It’s rougher."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 13, 2014
Bryant ended the night with 22 points which leaves him 8 points short of tying Micheal Jordan on the all-time scoring list. The shot wasn’t falling for Bryant on the night, finishing 7 for 22 from the field and 1 for 4 from behind the arc.
The Spurs were doubling Bryant feverishly in the 4th and overtime trying to get him to force up shots but instead Bryant found continuously found the open man. Bryant finished with 9 assists on the night.
Wesley Johnson chipped in 13 points on an efficient night from the field, shooting 5 for 7 and a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the 3-point line.
Jeremy Lin added 14 points and 8 assists. Jordan Hill registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer had another strong game in his new role off the bench, scoring 14 points and grabbing a game high 13 rebounds.
The Spurs were led in scoring by Tim Duncan and Danny Green who each finished with 19 points.
The win improves the Lakers record to 7-16 which moves them up one spot to 13th in the Western Conference.
Kobe Bryant will finally get to pass Jordan and put the whole scoring list thing behind him when he and the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Sunday.