Wearing their “Black Mamba” jerseys in honor of Bryant, the Lakers took Game 2 of the series thanks to a buzzer-beating three from Anthony Davis in the final seconds.
Trailing 103-102 with just 2.1 seconds remaining, Davis received the inbound pass and drilled a sky-high three in dramatic fashion.
AD WINS IT AT THE BUZZER 🚨 pic.twitter.com/pcAe63xESj
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 21, 2020
Replays of Davis’ celebration appeared to show him yelling out “KOBE!” after his hit his game-winner.
Anthony Davis confirmed that he yelled “KOBE!” after drilling the game winning shot. pic.twitter.com/6b8N5Z9J7c
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 21, 2020
Chances are if you’ve ever played pick-up basketball, or even just attempted to shoot a wadded-up piece of paper into a trash can, you’re familiar with the time-honored tradition of calling out “KOBE!” to accompany your shot.
As it turns out, the pros do it too.
Davis confirmed that he was shouting out Bryant after the game. “Obviously we’re wearing the jerseys. He’s hit countless shots like that to win games,” Davis said.
Davis also told reporters that the team takes special pride in wearing and winning in the Black Mamba jerseys.
“Every time we put on those jerseys, I believe we’re representing him,” Davis told reporters after his 31-point, nine-rebound game. “… He would make big-time plays, so it’s time for us to make big-time plays.”
“He would make big time plays so it’s time for us to make big time plays.”@AntDavis23 on playing in the Mamba jerseys. pic.twitter.com/xiklNZyaAR
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 21, 2020
Even Lakers head coach Frank Vogel acknowledged Bryant’s influence on the night.
“That’s a shot Kobe Bryant would hit,” Vogel said. “That’s a Mamba shot.”
“That’s a shot Kobe Bryant would hit…That’s a Mamba shot.”
Frank Vogel on AD’s game-winner
(🎥 @BenGolliver) pic.twitter.com/8QPYL0HaRn
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 21, 2020
With their 2-0 series lead over the Nuggets, the Lakers are now just six wins away from being crowned NBA Champions. If they can do it, it’ll be the first time that the Purple and Gold lift the trophy since Bryant led the team to the 2010 title.
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