Kobe Bryant on his 38-point game: ‘You’ve seen it for 20 damn years’

Bryant displays his vintage confidence.
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Kobe Bryant isn’t scoring like he did early in his career, but against Minnesota he turned back the clock and channeled the dominance of his younger days.

Bryant scored a season-high 38 points during L.A.’s victory, ending a 10-game skid. A loss would have set the Lakers record for the team’s longest losing streak in franchise history. Bryant (10-of-21) was efficient from long range during 33 minutes of action, adding 7-of-11 from 3-point range. He was also 11-of-12 from the free throw line.

During his postgame interview (via ESPN), Bryant demonstrated vintage confidence:

“You've seen it for 20 damn years. What are you impressed by?

It's like, tonight I made shots I was supposed to make. I made open looks and I made them. Then when that happens, you tend to get in a rhythm. You start making a little more difficult shots.”

Bryant is averaging 16.4 points per game, his second-lowest scoring average since the 1997-1998 season. He’s also shooting a career-worst .353 field goal percentage. But fans, players and Bryant alike still expect greatness from the Los Angeles legend.

"It was just another Mamba moment to add to the collection," said L.A. rookie D’Angelo Russell, in the report. "There should be a museum of just Mamba moments."

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