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Video: Kobe Bryant nails game-winner over Celtics, watch the game to see he is clutch

Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

In a game that, to be honest, wasn’t very well played, the Lakers pulled out another win over the Boston Celtics 97-4 in what is likely the end to the Big 3 vs. Big 3 matchup over the past four years (though Bynum was not a part of it for the first two years). It was sloppy, both teams looked old, both teams looked sloppy. The Celtics looked unable to execute because of talent. The Lakers kept getting in their way. But it still felt big, still felt epic, still felt like the kind of game that defines the greatness of both teams. As long as you don’t actually like good basketball.

Somehow, some way the Celtics found their way into the lead.  Key plays by Rajon Rondo kept them afloat and killer threes from Ray Allen (how do you leave him open?) made it a one-point Celtics lead down the stretch.

And that’s when Kobe Bryant, with all that clutch discussion, came walking in.

OK, needed some iron, there. But the point is it fell. And everyone who likes to talk about metrics, and advanced clutch numbers and all that, only need watch this play to know what Bryant’s clutch legacy is. You don’t need all those misses. Just watch this one game and let that decide your argument. Watch the game, people.

We’ll have more on this game in a bit, including Bryant turning to Andrew Bynum to put the finishing touches on it, maybe a foretelling of the Lakers’ future to come, in a bit. For now, Black Mamba is the man.

  1. jjordannba - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Honestly It was a good game, entertaining second half throughout.

  2. anx2drao - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Wow 97-4. Must have been entertaining indeed.
    Please read through your own articles before publishing please.

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    We don’t need to watch to know Kobe’s clutch, we can just count the rings. Not 1, not 2, not 3…

  4. patsfiend - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Hard fought game. I the Lakers just kept feeding it down low in the 2nd half, it would not have been close. These two teams likely to look a lot different the next time they play. Kobe’s 2 3-balls were bigger than this last shot he rattled in, really. Got to give it up for him… he’s a bad man.

  5. jayzus - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Horrible closeout by Bass, looks like he thought Kobe might be going right.

  6. rgledz - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Did he take out anybodies knee, then get free throws for it?

  7. acdc363 - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    damn the lakers won by 93 points? what game was I watching?

  8. jjordannba - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    The last game of the ’08 revived rivalry between these 2 teams. It was a good game to cap off one of the realer recent rivalries the media tries to create these days.

  9. raidmagic - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    97-4. That’s an asskicking

  10. keyshawn22 - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Kobe still sucks.

  11. mgscott - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Cavaliers are just 1 game out of the 8 spot now!

    • redbullenergydrink - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      In the east, all you have to do is put on some gym shorts and you’re a playoff contender.

      • jtk1985 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Yeah I mean its not like the team 1 game out in the west is run by Khan. Or that the Cavs have just beat 3 teams in a row that are currently playoff teams in the West.

  12. noirad - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    A Heat Cavs series would be very interesting…

  13. buboy4life - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I would still take Kobe top 5 real life fantasy players.

  14. velascochad - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Matt Moore’s articles are way better than Kurt Helin’s trash journalism.

    but i know kurt will say ” but it still doesn’t matter”

  15. dirtybird2020 - Mar 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Lakers must’ve play one hell of a defensive game if the score was 97-4, kobe mustve hit 81 game winners haha

  16. detroitcityryda - Mar 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    kobeeeee (any black guy’s voice )

  17. buboy4life - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Black Mamba

  18. metalhead65 - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    sorry Kobe but hitting that or any last second shot does not make you a clutch player, a real clutch player would have passed the ball in that situation rather than take a chance on missing it just ask lebron and his #1 fanboy kurt helin! and it was just another meaningless regular season game,try hitting one it when counts like in the playoffs or better yet the championship series just like lebron has right kurt? oh wait nevermind but lebron is still the greatest ever right kurt? watch and learn boys,watch and learn.

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