The score was tied between the Nets and the Almost-the-Lakers, a team playing without Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and the in-game injured Pau Gasol.
So Kobe Bryant, he of the move the ball, and pass the ball and get everybody else going mentality of late, took matters into his own hands. After all, the lane was open. Wide open.
“I was pretty shocked that the lane was so wide open,” Bryant said.
Bryant was even more shocked anyone might think the ball was going to anyone but him.
“Everybody’s been drinking the ‘Kobe pass’ Kool-Aid,” he said. “So everybody was kind of staying around the perimeter with the shooters.”
So Bryant worked against Gerald Wallace outside, got a step, blew down the lane and unleashed a hellacious dunk over Kris Humphries with 2:45 left to put the Lakers up two.
“It parted like the Red Sea,” Bryant said. “I felt like Moses.”
There was pain in his sprained right elbow, but “after a play like that, you can’t grab your arm,” Bryant said and laughed. “It messes up the swag of the moment.”
So he simply ran the other way, soak in the adoration from a Barclays Center crowd heavily laced with Lakers fans and accepted the appreciation and admiration from all corners en route to a 92-83 victory.
“He’s Kobe Bryant,” said Wallace, who was not surprised by the Bryant highlight reel moment, “especially with the momentum going and the energy. It’s not that hard. But it’s totally a defensive letdown on my part.”
Understated Lakers teammate Steve Nash, “That was a big basket. That was a thrill that he got it there and got it close to the rim. Obviously, a spectacular finish. He’s brilliant.”
Vintage Bryant dazzles crowd at Barclays
New York Post | Feb 6