ESPN: Kobe Bryant rescued the Los Angeles Lakers from a third straight loss.
Bryant scored 36 points and keyed a late rally to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a two-game losing streak with a 105-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
The Lakers trailed by 93-88 with 3:08 left, but closed the game on a 17-3 run, including 10 points from Bryant to overtake the Grizzlies down the stretch. His breakaway dunk as the horn sounded put an exclamation point on the Lakers’ win.
“We know what we want to do,” Bryant said of the Lakers’ late play against the young Grizzlies. “For a young team, they are still kind of searching for what that identity is going to be.
“For us, we’ve been there, done that. So, it’s just a matter of how well we executed.”
Bryant was 14-of-23 from the field, part of Los Angeles shooting 54 percent on the night.
“Obviously, Kobe hit a big shot, and we never really responded to that,” said Rudy Gay, who led Memphis with 23 points. “I think we took a stride, but then again, you can’t be happy with a loss.”