Since the playoffs will be starting in just a while, I have to reminisce on some of Kobe’s game-winning shots this season. The guy hit 6 game-winners this season alone! Can you imagine that? Six game-winners in just one season.
1 – Dec 5, 2009 – Lakers 108 – Heat 107
Kobe Bryant banked in a 3-pointer over Dwyane Wade’s defense at the buzzer, ending the superstars’ sensational duel and sending the Los Angeles Lakers to their eighth straight victory, 108-107 over the Miami Heat.
2 – Dec 16, 2009 – Lakers 107 – Bucks 106
Kobe Bryant reverted to an old habit when he missed a potential game-winning shot. Given a second opportunity in OT, Bryant took the same shot and hit it.
Bryant hit a 15-footer as time expired and scored the game’s final seven points over the last 1:18 of overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
3 – Jan 1, 2010 – Lakers 109 – Kings 108
Kobe Bryant hit yet another buzzer-beating 3-pointer and finished with 39 points as the defending NBA champions overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 109-108.
4 – Jan 31, 2010 – Lakers 90 – Celtics 89
Kobe Bryant sank the go-ahead basket with 7.3 seconds left, and the Lakers won 90-89 on Sunday for their third consecutive victory over the struggling Celtics.
5 – Feb 23, 2010 – Lakers 99 – Grizzlies 98
Bryant made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to 99-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points, including his team’s final nine points. His 3-pointer with 54 seconds left tied the game at 96-all. His game-winner came off an inbounds play 4 seconds after his layup attempt was blocked by Rudy Gay.
6 – Mar 9, 2010 – Lakers 109 – Raptors 107
Kobe Bryant hit a 17-foot fallaway jumper with 1.9 seconds left to snap their three-game losing streak with a 109-107 victory.
Even 76% of 190 NBA players surveyed by Sports Illustrated agree that Kobe Bryant is the best person to give the ball during the dying seconds.
With the game on the line, which NBA player would you want to take the last shot?
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G…..76%
Chauncey Billups, Nuggets G…..3%
LeBron James, Cavaliers F…..3%
Paul Pierce, Celtics F…..3%
Dwyane Wade, Heat G…..2%
[Based on a survey of 190 NBA players]
Will the Lakers be needing his clutch performances vs the Oklahoma City Thunder?
Here are some of Kobe’s game-winners this season: