Kobe Bryant never backs down from a big shot. This season, it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has hit every big shot he has attempted. The latest buzzer beater was on Tuesday in his return from an ankle injury that forced him to miss five games.
With 4.3 seconds remaining and the Memphis Grizzlies up by two points, Kobe Bryant drained a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 99-98 victory. On the game, Bryant had 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, while hitting 13-of-19 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc.
While Kobe was the hero, O.J. Mayo was the goat. Prior to Kobe’s three-pointer, Mayo missed a pair of free throws that could have closed out the game for the Grizzlies. Mayo is an 83% free throw shooter on the season and was 4-for-4 on the night before the misses.
Pau Gasol helped out Kobe by producing 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Mayo was the leading scorer for Memphis with 25 points. However, it was the points he didn’t score that opened the door to Kobe’s heroics.
Here’s a video of Kobe Bryant’s buzzer beater against the Grizzlies: