Pivot Points: Kobe Bryant Punctuates Return With Another Clutch Moment

February 23rd, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
What a way to make an entrance. Kobe Bryant returned to the Los Angeles Laker roster with his clutch ability on full display as he sank a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds on the clock to sink the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 Tuesday night.

If there were any doubts as to which approach Bryant would take after a five game layoff they were quickly answered as Bryant sprinted to a nine point first quarter which included a four point play.

Bryant looked as if he had never left the court, and rust was an afterthought in the wake of his 32 point performance which included 13-of-19 shooting from the field, seven rebounds, and six assists.

He was not alone in his endeavours as Pau Gasol played the perfect side-kick, chipping in 22 points and 13 rebounds, and clearly outplaying his brother, Memphis center Marc Gasol.

Even Andrew Bynum was effective in his return to the site of last season's injury, contributing 15 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

If there was a down side to the evening it was the recession into the shadows by Ron Artest and Lamar Odom, who showed none of their previous intensity or aggressiveness in Bryant's ...

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