Kobe Bryant, who is definitely winning the battle against Father Time, had another valiant effort Tuesday in defeat: 30 points in 39 minutes. Bryant, who turns 35 in August, continues to have an amazing season: 27.4 ppg (3rd in the NBA), 47 percent shooting (best in his career), 33.7 percent on 3-pointers (best since 2009), and 5.5 assists per game (best since 2005). He shook off an early injury that initially looked quite bad, and did what many expect of their sports heroes: Play through the pain. Then, he tweeted this:
“Rule number 76. No excuses. Play like a champion” Vince Vaughn. Wedding Crashers.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 6, 2013
Naturally, some folks are sure to make this about Dwight Howard, who had another pedestrian effort for LA – 1-of-7 shooting, six points, 16 rebounds, zero blocks, and he fouled out in 37 minutes.
And back under .500 they go, 2.5 games back of Utah, and three behind Houston in the West.