Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)


LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors.

With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around.

Late in the third quarter, after he hit two three-pointers on consecutive possessions, Bryant missed the third, but charged in to try to go after the rebound. Rudy Gay was the one who ended up with the ball, but Bryant stuck with the play and came up with the steal.

After briefly resetting behind the three-point line, he dribbled left, and Gay tried to reach from behind, but Bryant blew past him into the lane for an emphatic two-handed slam that brought the crowd to its feet.

Again, this was only the beginning. But from the standpoint of energizing Bryant’s teammates, it had to start somewhere.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.