Play Info: Friday, Mar. 8. Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Black Mamba has been a weekly fixture in our list of top NBA highlights, which is why it’s no surprise he’s back on this list after going bananas from three-point land and sealing another L.A. comeback.
Kobe Bryant started the barrage with 1:43 left in the contest, nailing a contested trey to bring the Lakers within two points. His second long-range hit came with approximately 30 seconds remaining, shaking a defender for a corner three to bring his team within one.
The last shot was the most impressive; as the team ran an inbound play that everyone watching knew was going to Kobe. The Mamba slithered his way past three defenders, caught the pass, faked a potential shot-block, squared up and fired to tie the game with 5.5 seconds remaining.
As if that weren’t enough, Bryant mustered up more energy in overtime and wound up getting the go-ahead bucket with 10 seconds left.
Kobe took on practically every defender the Raptors had, barged through the teeth of the defense and wound up with a slam dunk that would prove to be the nail in Toronto’s coffin.