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Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.”

That about sums it up.

The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally dig them out of the rest of that hole himself.

Bryant made three increasingly difficult three-point shots in the final two minutes of regulation, and then drove the lane for the game-winning dunk near the end of the overtime session.

The dunk, with the game hanging in the balance, was particularly impressive. Here’s how Bryant explained it to us afterward.

“[Aaron Gray] was coming out to blitz me,” Bryant said. “I saw him coming, I just had to kind of decoy it a little bit and kind of wait for him to get his top foot and get him close enough to me where I could go around him. When that happens, it kind of becomes a screen for my defender.

“He doesn’t have the speed to really do anything, so I just kind of went around him and he wound up screening my man.”

And Bryant went flying in for the slam to win the game, essentially uncontested.

  1. sdemp - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Mamba strikes again.

    #hatersgonnahate

  2. beastroid - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Kobe is top 5 dead or alive, he does things offensively that are just incredible, he’s making a real case for MVP

    • hehateme2 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      No chance- it’s LeBron all day long!

    • dko83 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:54 AM

      I absolutely agree Kobe is killing it, and that’s tough for me to do. But MVPs do better than struggling for 8 seeds so get out of here with that crazy talk.

  3. frankiebooboo - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I think the lakers were more fun when they were losing

  4. spthegr8 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    LeBron is the best player in the world. But in the 4th qtr, when the game is on the line. Give me the MAMBA!!!!!

  5. freudnumb - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Against the Raptors … again.

  6. Great Caesar's Ghost - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    You just don’t see LBJ take over and carry a team like Kobe does. LBJ relies on his BFFs and lacks authority.

    16 rings.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      LeBron James is averaging a triple-double per 36 minutes in crunch time. But I guess you don’t see him hit enough off balance contested 3’s to call him clutch?

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1510767-lebron-james-is-clutch-in-more-ways-than-you-think

      • Great Caesar's Ghost - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        We have 15 rings. How are things working out for you?

  7. rjlink1 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    When asked for comment on last night’s game, Phil Jackson pointed to Kobe’s 9 turnovers and again accused him of sabotaging games in order to play the hero.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Funny you mention that, because in the post-game interview with Mike Trudell immediately following the game, the only thing Kobe mentioned was that he was “irresponsible” with the basketball in the game and that they wouldn’t have been in that position if he’d played better early in the game.

    • tonyman262 - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      rjlink–I’m not one to doubt what you say, but maybe you could provide a link to where Phil Jackson says what you claim…

      • rjlink1 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        Dude, I was making a joke!

  8. losanginsight - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Whos cares what team got Kobe’d this time. He’s been ballin’ for 17 years like this. Since the Lakers have 16 banners hanging, every team acts and plays like it’s game 7 against The Show. LAkers are just warming up.
    #VINO

  9. asublimeday - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Kobe still >>>>>Lebron

    • cullenand99 - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Yeah, in your dreams.

  10. pop562 - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Kobe at year 17 is still a beast.

  11. sunsation3413 - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Three articles about Kobe within 8 hours?!?… Not a Laker homer are we Brett? They arent going anywhere even if they do make the playoffs so who really cares aside from all you Laker fans.

  12. urodaddy07 - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I really hate it when guys who are supposedly fans of the game try to elevate one player by belittling the other. We need to realize that LBJ, Kobe and Durrant are very special players. We should never take them for granted. These are players who will define an era in basketball history. So whoever you think is GOAT or who’s your favorite player, just remember these are not just really good players, they are great, Enjoy it man. I’m loving watching these guys just ball. Its unbelievable what each of them is doing right now especially Kobe and LBJ. Just fun to watch. Its really remarkable what Kobe is doing at 34 years old

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I think sometimes people get so wrapped up in Kobe and LeBron that we forget how good Durant is. Dude’s been balling hard this year, leading the league at 28.5 PPG while shooting 90-40-50. That’s historic.

  13. loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    vintage Kobe.

  14. rickeydynamite25 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Hey stop talking about Kobe so much,, all of the LeRoid James fans are getting upset.

  15. chrismt79 - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Anyone else noticing Kobe “filling out” a little more and having a bit younger legs as we move deeper into the season? Just saying, perhaps this is when he begins to kick in those extra vitamins.

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