In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.
NOVEMBER 16, 2000
LA LAKERS 112 – SACRAMENTO KINGS 110 (OT)
KOBE’S GAME-TYING THREE, EIGHT POINTS IN OVERTIME POWER LAKERS TO 112-110 VICTORY
In a preview of playoff rivalries to come, the Lakers traveled up to Sacramento to play the Kings in a matchup of Pacific Division elites in 2000 – two weeks into the season, the Kings were on a five-game win streak. The Lakers, having started the season slowly as reigning NBA champions, were just beginning to find their groove having won their last two games.
What the Lakers weren’t expecting, though, was a game as tough as the one they encountered that Thursday. After all, the Kings would be playing without star forward Chris Webber due to an ankle injury that had forced him to miss their previous game. While the Lakers would keep up for the first quarter, the Kings forward tandem of Doug Christie and Peja Stojakovic would explode for a combined 61 points, with Stojakovic pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds.
Trailing by as many as 13 points with nine minutes remaining, the Lakers would rally to come within three points with 18 seconds to play before a missed three-point attempt by Brian Shaw would put the ball in Bryant’s hands. Bryant’s three-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining would push the Lakers to overtime, where Bryant would score eight of the Lakers’ ten points en route to the 112-100 victory. Bryant would tally 31 points, 10 rebounds and three assists; Shaquille O’Neil would score 33 points and grab 16 rebounds in the contest, adding a crucial block in overtime to cement the win.
Quote of the Night: “I drained it. That was the best look I had all night. They were on me. . . . But when it came down to that last possession and everything broke down, I had a wide-open look.” – Laker guard Kobe Bryant, on his game-tying shot to send the Lakers to overtime. – From the LA Times, Nov. 17, 2000.