With the clock winding down and the Los Angeles Lakers really needing a big bucket, everyone in the arena knows where the ball is going. And, whether he is twisting, fading, off-balance or wide open, Kobe Bryant usually delivers in the clutch.
This article is a celebration of Bryant's top scoring moments from the 2012-13 season. Inside you'll find a compilation of heavily guarded jumpers and timely finishes that have kept the Lakers in the playoff hunt.
On the year, Bryant has taken 1,317 field goals and converted 625 of them, or 45 percent. He is the third leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 27.0 points per game despite combating the wear and tear of his 17th NBA season.
Simply put, the man can score in bunches, especially when his team most needs it. Let's review some of the Black Mamba's most clutch shots of the year.