The 2012-13 season has seen Kobe Bryant establish two very distinct modes of operation.
The first is facilitator, where he stops shooting and looks only to get his teammates involved. The second is a much more familiar version of the superstar, as he puts the ball in the basket at a rate that only he and the world's best are capable of.
On March 8, Bryant found a way to put both sides to use, as he collected 41 points and 12 assists in a win against the Toronto Raptors.
As impressive as those numbers are, it's not the box score that people will remember. Toronto felt as if it would win this game the entire way through—that is, until Bryant took over late.
The 2-guard nailed three long-range shots with the fourth quarter winding down, and needless to say, none of them was easy. He put the Lakers on his shoulders, as we've seen so many times throughout his career, and he forced an overtime that looked improbable at best to begin the final period.
Bryant's greatness culminated with about 10 seconds left in overtime when he dribbled around a double team, attacked the paint and threw it down to give L.A. a two-point lead. This game came down to Bryant's execution, and a 118-116 finish was welcomed by all who were rooting for this group to make the playoffs.