WASHINGTON — It was vintage Kobe Bryant at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to their third victory of the season against the Washington Wizards, 108-104.
With his farewell tour underway, Bryant had the best game of his final season by far, finishing with 31 points in his first 30-plus point game since December of last season. He led all Lakers scorers in the game and shot 41.7% from the field, much better than his season average of 30.1%.
He also added three assists, two rebounds and four three-pointers, but his biggest moment came in the fourth quarter when he hit a three to give the Lakers a 101-99 lead with a little more than a minute left to play, and then a two to give them a 103-101 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
“The last couple of minutes, we tried to get (the ball) to him just in case they foul so he could try to make the free throws. You know, just so he can do what he does,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Either he’s going to take the shot because he lives for those moments, or he’s…