Note to world – when the game is on the line, don’t let number 8…er…24…er…27… Oh yeah, #10 touch it… Kobe nailed a jumper with 6 seconds left and contested Lebron James’ shot to clutch the win for the Blue Team. One hell of a game!
ESPN: Kobe Bryant hit the biggest shot and made the biggest defensive stop after committing the gravest gaffe of the game — all in the final 21.3 seconds.
Playing in a Team USA jersey for the first time, Bryant hit the game-winning shot over Tayshaun Prince with 6.6 seconds left to give the blue team a 105-104 victory over the white team Sunday in an intrasquad scrimmage.
Bryant freed himself of Prince with a pump fake before hitting a jumper from 19 feet away to put his team ahead by one. After a timeout, Bryant defended LeBron James on the game’s final possession and forced him to miss wide right on a short jumper from the lane that would have won it.
Afterward, Bryant took plenty of playful ribbing from teammate and Team USA veteran Jason Kidd after Bryant tried to call a timeout with 21.3 seconds left — a no-no under international rules, under which only a coach can call a timeout.
The episode happened after Bryant brought the ball upcourt, came to a halt near the scorer’s table and signaled with his hands for a timeout. The referee blew his whistle, then bailed himself out by calling a foul on Kidd, who was defending Bryant on the play.