Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue 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.
DECEMBER 16, 2009
LA LAKERS 107 – MILWAUKEE BUCKS 106
KOBE HITS TURNAROUND JUMPER AT THE BUZZER AS LAKERS RALLY IN OVERTIME
Let’s set the scene: Falling behind 106-100 with 1:25 remaining in overtime, the Lakers were two possessions away from falling to a 4-3 road record to a Bucks team that was just beginning to enjoy a .500 record at 11-11. After two quick baskets from Bryant, Bucks center Andrew Bogut would be whistled for a blocking foul, allowing Bryant to shoot an additional free throw. When Laker forward Ron Artest would secure the rebound from an errant shot from Michael Redd, the Lakers would call timeout, trailing 106-105 with 5.4 seconds remaining.
Kobe Bryant’s 39 points and turnaround jumper at the end of overtime would give the Lakers the 107-106 victory as the Bradley Center erupted with cheers from visiting Laker fans. For extra entertainment, listen for the Bucks regional broadcaster yelling “MISS IT!” as Bryant’s shot travels towards the basket followed by a defeated “unbelievable…”
Quote of the Night: “I told him, ‘Why did you keep us waiting? You had the same situation in regulation.’ Really, he wasted a half-hour of our lives. I just don’t understand that boy at times.” – Lakers coach Phil Jackson, in jest, on Kobe Bryant’s game-winning shot at the end of overtime. - From the LA Times, Dec. 17, 2009