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Overall Grade: B
Kobe Bryant finished the Lakers' victory over Washington with a game-high 30 points. He also shot a concerning 9-of-29 from the floor.
Even as he battled back spasms, there is absolutely no excuse for shooting 29 shots when you're making anything less than 14 of them.
With that being said, Kobe's aggression was a key to the Lakers' comeback during the second quarter. He also played the role of facilitator more often than his shooting numbers might suggest.
Finishing with seven assists proves just that.
Bryant also had seven rebounds, two steals and one block. This proved how attentive he was to the defensive end of the floor, which showed in his effort on Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal.
A young duo that combined for 7-of-24 shooting.
Kobe may have saved his grade on a Dwight Howard free-throw attempt with 1:21 remaining and the Lakers ahead by seven points.
As soon as D12 put it up, Kobe ran down the lane, leaped into the air and tipped it in for two points. The bigs on the block had no idea what had happened.
To answer their questions, Kobe just sealed a victory. Even as he had his worst shooting night of the season.
Stat Line: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 9-29 FG, 11-13 FT