The Los Angeles Lakers enjoyed their first victory since the return of Kobe Bryant in a 88-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Kobe scored a season-high 21 points and made crucial plays in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers secure the win. He subbed back into the fourth quarter at the 5:55 mark with the Lakers down six.
His first attempt? A little classic Kobe action with the turnaround from 15' out over Gerald Henderson to cut the lead down to four:
He also made this tough attempt at the rim, finishing with his left after getting into the paint:
Kobe also sank two go-ahead free-throws in the final 37 seconds of the game to give the Lakers the lead.
It's still a long road for Kobe and the Lakers as he gets back into game shape and the team adjusts to bringing him back into the fold, and the Lakers fill-in starting point guard continues to struggle with turnovers, but for a night the team was able to lean on him to close out an opponent in a late-game scenario. He also played a season-high 32 minutes after keeping his workload under 30 minutes in his previous three games.
His final line looked much more well-rounded after his 13 assist, four point outing Friday night. He finished with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The Lakers improved to 11-12 on the season.