Nobody does it better than Kobe Bryant – LA Times

By Mike Bresnahan
Los Angeles Times
 
Even though Kobe Bryant called the game, uh, “garbage,” his last-second winner Tuesday gave him six this season, the most in an NBA season since Elias Sports Bureau began tracking the stat in 2000-01.


Denver forward Carmelo Anthony had five in 2005-06, according to Elias, which defines the category as a shot that proved to be a game-winner in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.


With the Lakers taking a day off Wednesday, what else was there to do but recap Bryant’s run?


It began with an off-balance, 27-foot three-point bank shot as time expired to give the Lakers a 108-107 victory over Miami on Dec. 4.


Then Bryant backed down Charlie Bell in the high post and drilled a 15-foot turn-around at the buzzer for a 107-106 overtime victory over Milwaukee on Dec. 16.


On New Year’s Day, he took a pass from Pau Gasol, found himself open after Sergio Rodriguez slipped, and made a three-pointer from the left corner with no time left for a 109-108 victory over Sacramento.


On the last day of January, he buried a 16-footer over Ray Allen with 7.3 seconds left, leading to a 90-89 victory over Boston.


His three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left meant a 99-98 victory over Memphis on Feb. 23 and marked a successful return from a five-game absence because of an ankle injury.


On Tuesday, Bryant shook free of Antoine Wright and late-arriving Andrea Bargnani to hit a fadeaway 17-footer from the right side with 1.9 seconds left, providing a 109-107 victory over Toronto.


In all, Bryant leads the league with 20 game-winning shots since 2000-01, using the last-second parameters established by Elias. Vince Carter has 13 such shots with a variety of teams over the same span.


Bryant wasn’t happy with his latest effort