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Kobe Bryant with the vicious dunk over Chris Paul (VIDEO)

Jan 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant may have won the battle early, but Chris Paul was the one who won the war.

Bryant finished with an impressive 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting on Friday, none more eye-popping than this steal and powerful breakaway slam dunk over Paul that had Staples Center buzzing in the game’s opening minutes.

In a game filled with highlights, this was the one that stood out on the Lakers side. Although if you asked Bryant about it afterward, he’d likely have said he would have preferred to have a more pedestrian step-back jumper that would have sealed his team’s victory — like the one Paul knocked down with 19 seconds remaining that helped the Clippers hold on.

A shot which, by the way, was converted over Bryant.

  1. basketballhooper1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Sure its a nice dunk, but why haven’t you posted an article about Chris Paul’s game winner itself? I would take a win over a dunk any day.

  2. mazblast - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Winners point at the scoreboard. Losers point at individual plays. Winners point at the scoreboard. Losers mention how many titles they’ve won, mostly in the far-distant past.

    • dangernearing - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Winners make sense. While losers just think they have things figured out.

      • abchome - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Old and slow past winners continue to live in the past.

  3. medialovesthecowboys - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Who cares. Still lost.

  4. cowboychris5xchamps - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    All I remember from that game was the vicious cross over Chris Paul put on Slow-be to end the 1st half while draining the shot and the the final score!

    • dangernearing - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      First off Chris getcha butt back over to PFT. Second, dont the Cowboys play tonight.. Oh wait

  5. musician0785 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    nvr seen this many clip fans in my life…..and im FROM LA…..

  6. mrlitl - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    @mazblast LAL won in 2011. That’s not far-distant.

  7. mrlitl - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    @chris “Slow-be” had 38 pts on 15-25 shooting. Not to mention he’s having the best year of his career. Dislike him, but don’t discount the skills. And the Cowboys suck.

  8. cowboychris5xchamps - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    @dangernearing I’m a sports fan period so I can post wherever the f#(& I want! Go read your comic books!
    @mrlitl since when has an individual player having a great year automatically won an NBA championship?! If that was the case Lebron & Kevin Durant would have multiple titles get some perspective before you post stupid s#!+

    • bobbybouche305 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Vicious????man Kobe has a 2 inch vertical now a days,barley got hand over rim….

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