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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Devoid of any feeling in his right arm since late in the third quarter, Kobe Bryant still managed to do what he does best: make clutch shots.

Bryant ignored an arm that had no feeling and connected on two huge 3-pointers in the second overtime, finishing with 38 points as the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from a humbling Christmas Day loss to Cleveland by beating the Sacramento Kings 112-103 on Saturday night.

Bryant wasn’t sure how the “funny bone” on his right elbow was hit, but went to the locker room briefly for some therapy, then returned for much of the fourth quarter, when he used primarily his left hand and attempted only one shot, which was blocked.

“My arm went numb and it spazzed up,” Bryant said. “My moment came for me to step up (in the second overtime). The defense relaxed, (Donte Greene) put his hands down and left me open for those shots.”

It felt like old times for Bryant, who grew accustomed to antagonistic crowds earlier in his career at Arco Arena. Only the second sellout of the season, Kings fans loudly booed the Lakers when starting lineups were announced and began chanting “Beat LA!” It was reminiscent of the crowds that cheered the Kings in the Chris Webber era, when Sacramento was typically battling the Lakers for supremacy in the Western Conference.

“To tell you the truth, it kind of (stunk) coming up here the last few years,” Bryant said. “It seems like they are getting behind this young team. It felt good to get booed like it used to be.”

It was another frustrating loss for the Kings, who went scoreless in the overtime period in a loss to Cleveland. Against the Lakers, the Kings squandered a seven-point lead in the first overtime and shot just 1-of 8 in the second OT.

Pau Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who avoided losing consecutive games for the second time this season. Shannon Brown scored 15 points and Odom had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

They played without starting forward Ron Artest, who the team said suffered a concussion on Christmas evening, falling while carrying boxes down a flight of stairs and injuring his left elbow at his Los Angeles home.

Artest was treated at UCLA Medical Center, undergoing a CT scan and receiving stitches in the back of his head and his elbow. The team said a neurologist examined Artest on Saturday. He is day to day and didn’t travel with the team on its Saturday flight to Sacramento.

“With Ron out, it was definitely different,” Brown said. “Everyone on this team gets a chance to show their stuff at one time or another.”

After the Kings scored the first seven points in the first overtime, they went scoreless over the final 2:40 as the Lakers rallied. Gasol tipped in a missed shot by Derek Fisher from close range, tying the game at 101 with .04 seconds left.

Lamar Odom opened the second overtime with a putback basket that gave the Lakers the lead for good. Then Bryant took control, connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Lakers in front 109-103 with 2:37 left. Los Angeles outscored the Kings 11-2 in the second OT.

- NBC Sports

  • jesseluvslakers

    That was a great game!! GO KOOOBEEEE!!!!!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/lakergirl15/ KC

    I still love the Lakers and Kobe and I’m glad we won, but what is up with double over time to the SAC QUEENS?

  • team

    What a great game !!!

  • spechtacular

    Good job fellas!!! Way to redeem yourselves…and in double OT! Kobe and the Lakers don’t know how to quit! Good defense Kobe to send the game into OT. Great tip in at the buzzer Gasol to send the game into double OT!! Oh yeah, we can’t forget about Shannon Brown and his HUGE contribution off the bench! Let’s get that RING!!!

  • talabi

    I just watched peyton manning and the indianapolis colts blow a chance at immortality. I don’t know if kobe or any of the lakers will ever actually see this, no athlete and for that matter no man, should ever forego a chance at history. As a matter of fact that should be your aim. My main point is that i think kobe should select 3 games out of the season and just take a crack at wilt’s record of 100…I mean why not what could it possibly hurt? Don’t be afraid to be great, dont be like the colts, go for the gold be the best so that 20, 50, or even 100 years from now people will still be mentioning your name.

  • saif

    Wow! I sat court side across from Kobe’s chair. He was staring straight across at me and he was focused. I have been to a couple Kings Lakers matches but never sat court side until this game. Its every bit worth it to witness history. Fans keep note that what you see on the floor the media on TV never gives proper credit to KB. When I looked into this guys eyes it was as though he wasn’t even there. He was so focused. It was like he was playing the game out in his mind and the stage was set. This guy is not playing basketball against the opposing team but against himself.

  • joana

    i watch this game and i love it!!!!kobe your the best!!!!!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/renz824/ R3NST3R

    good game

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/karinaskov/ LA Lakers 4ever!

    that’s the way to go Lakers!

  • joseeudes

    great game …… go lakers

    towards another title…..

  • ds08

    that waz a good game

  • kobebestever

    lakers looked just good but i have seen them play where they look way better then that 96 bulls team but as of late they been playing very poorly and kobe is always going to get his but the rest of the team plays only when they won and thats the exact reason they got whooped on national tv on christmas, what a gift from the lakers.

  • lamontwrd24

    cant wait til kobe comes 2 NY nex month so i can see him do work like last year at the garden!!!! i was at that game also…CLASSIC PERFORMANCE!!!!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/jesseluvslakers/ jesse

    hey Kobe srry we lost yesterday against the suns, but we’ll douse them next time! We’re gonna beat the warriors today!! LETS GO GET THAT RING!!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ibug/ 晓晓

    kobe 你是额的神!!:)

  • elaykb24

    We won against the warriors guys. Season high for both Kobe and Pau (44 and 27). BTW, kobe got a double-double with 44pts, 11assists.