The Lakers have been surging out of the All-Star break improving their record to 51-20. The latest game, in dramatic fashion, ended up taking three overtimes in a thriller. The Lakers ended up defeating the Suns 139-137 in one of the most exciting games of the season.

Kobe Bryant, still recovering from a sprained ankle that he called the “worst” in his career, was able to show his resiliency dropping in 42 points on 15-31 shooting. Furthermore, Kobe was one assist shy of a triple-double grabbing 12 rebounds and collecting 9 assists. Bryant said after the game, “We had an opportunity to put them in a little bit of a hole in terms of getting into the playoffs and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy doing it.”

In the 3rd overtime, Kobe drove the ball up with 14 seconds remaining and took a difficult running floater in transition. He made the shot and that put the Lakers up by 4, sealing the game.

Bryant’s season-high 42 point output marks the third this season he’s reached 40+ and 107th of his career; that is more than twice as many as the next active player Shaquille O’Neal with 49.

“We’re the champs,” Bryant said. “We’ve got a lot of mental toughness, and we just keep on fighting. It’s not anything new.”

The Lakers play host to the Clippers Friday night.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/juini123/ Jonathan Johnson

    GAME OF THE YEAR!! Kobe was a beast, Odom was great, Gasol and Fisher were clutch, and Artest was amazing.. Let’s GO LAKERS!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/kb24chitown/ Alex

    Amazing man sick game even though it shoulda been
    Over in regulation .. I was up till 1:30 in the morning !! Lol couldn’t go to sleep until it was over.. Go Kobe!! Lakers!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/showtimelakeshow/ Chris F.

    I watched this one. It had to be the best game all season.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/mitterchen/ Mitter

    thanks kobe…for the win.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/vhinez24/ Alvin David

    Kobe should be the mvp this season..another great clutch game for him..13-1 after allstar break..

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/enza/ Enza

    wow wonderful game!!!!
    i love the lakers!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/kobe244ever/ Joe Allanoff

    THAT WAS THE MOST AMAZING GAME OF THE YEAR…………………….AND I WAS THERE!!!!!………………AS MY FIRST REAL LAKER GAME!!!!!!! TRULY THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/basketballgirl24/ Sarah

    Great job! You’re the best KB!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/scourge727/ Ryan

    ayyyy what a boss….MVP,MVP,MVP

  • pamkb24

    how can anybody not love a game like that?

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/brifielder/ Briana Fielder

    that was an amazing game!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/8kb24/ Tom

    great game kobe i feel a 3peat coming ur way

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/8kb24/ Tom

    great game kobe

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/blackmamba5x/ Mounir

    kobe was a beast lamar also everyone was great and thet had to be the game of the year