Wizards-Lakers: Nick Young Outscores Kobe Bryant in OT Loss

Kyle BunchSenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2008

The Lakers may have won the game, but Wizard's Nick Young was the star. The guard out of USC made his case as one of the NBA's top rookies, scoring a career-high 27 points in the overtime loss to the L.A. Lakers. Young shot 10-16, including 3-4 on three-pointers to out-score his high school idol, Kobe Bryant, by 1 point.

As quoted on the Washington Post: When reminded that he actually outscored his hero, Bryant, Young broke into a huge smile. "Really?" Young said. "Wow. That's something special. He's a great player and he showed it again tonight."

With this return home, Young came back from a multiple game slump, after playing only minimally in the last few games due to a thigh-injury.