Pivot Points: The “Kobe Clutch” Show Plays to Rave Reviews on the Road

December 17th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
If you're keeping count at home, that's two opportunities for Kobe Bryant to close out an opponent with a last-second shot, and two instances of success in spectacular fashion.

Bryant alone brought his Los Angeles Laker team back from a six-point deficit in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks, and hit a 15-foot jumper over the out-stretched hands of Charlie Bell as time expired.

Bryant's final line was 39 points on 13-28 shooting while going 12-12 from the free throw line. That gives Bryant back-to-back games of almost 40 points and increases his clutch status to 100 percent for the season.

The shot at the buzzer that downed the Miami Heat was rightly called a lucky shot, even by Bryant himself, regardless of the implications, but what transpired Wednesday night was calculated and cold-blooded.

What has to be most satisfying for Laker fans is the manner in which the events unfolded, as they have been forced to listen to various people decry the merits of Kobe as a clutch player.

This one left no doubt, and if a recipe could be mixed to make a clutch moment, then the ingredients would include Bryant's actions in the final ...

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