Editor’s note: Until the NBA season returns, we’ll be recapping every classic Lakers game that is televised or live-streamed in a series we’re calling Recap Rewind.
The Los Angeles Lakers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Friday, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 116-111 in overtime behind 65 points from Kobe Bryant, including 33 points in the final two frames.
Friday marked Bryant’s fourth game with at least 50 points this season. The Lakers have gone 3-1 in those games, and they needed all 65 points from Bryant to get the win at Staples Center.
While Bryant had it going from tip off, he wasn’t getting much help from his supporting cast, something that has been a recurring theme this season. By the end of the first half, Bryant had as many points as the rest of the team did combined. Bryant also played all 24 minutes in the second half on the second night of a back-to-back, because of course he did.
Despite Bryant’s incredible first half, the Lakers only led by three points at halftime because Zach Randolph was tormenting L.A. from everywhere on the floor in the first quarter, where he scored 10 of his 11 first half points.
Randolph didn’t go away in the second half, and the Blazers were starting to get production out of their star rookies, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Portland was up by 8 points, and it seemed like the Lakers were on their way to their eighth consecutive loss.
Then, Kobe Bryant happened.
In the Lakers’ next three possessions, Bryant drained three consecutive 3-pointers, the last of which tied the game at 98-98 and capped off 24-point fourth quarter for Bryant.
After that, there was no way Bryant was going to go home without the win, and in the extra period, he was perfect, making both of his field goal attempts and draining all four of his 3-point attempts. From start to finish, he was unreal.
You can watch Bryant’s game in its entirety below.
The Lakers will be back at it on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wouldn’t it be crazy if he scored 50 points again? And what if he did it in the following two games, too? No, that couldn’t happen — there’s no way.