LOS ANGELES — On another turn-back-the-clock night for Kobe Bryant where he had a triple double (31 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) — why does he always do this to the poor Raptors? — what you see above was his best play of the night. And this highlight doesn’t even catch all of it.
Kobe got bumped by Terrence Ross as he stepped out to get the ball on the wing but there was no call. Bryant caught the ball and with it in his hands (and ignoring a wide open shot) Bryant stopped to complain to the referee. Mid-play. I’ve seen a lot of guys complain but not with the ball and open look.
Didn’t matter, then he just destroyed Ross with the stepback jumper. It looked like Iverson on Tyronn Lue from back in the day, save for Kobe didn’t step over him.
The entire play was vintage Kobe. Really, the entire night was. And the Lakers picked up an overtime win.