Kobe Bryant Star of the Night Despite Team Loss

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Updated: December 8, 2015

Toronto, CA (BASN) –  You could just feel the excitement in the Air Canada Centre as fans in number 8 and 24 laker jerseys filled the arena Monday night. You knew why they were there- you knew who they came to see.

And even though the Toronto Raptors came away with a 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers nothing or no one could take the focus away from the Black Mamba.

The night started with The Toronto Raptors organization paying tribute to Bryant with a special video montage. And then, it was game time.

The Raptors got off to an early 3-0 lead but Bryant quickly responded as he dished out two assists including setting up Lakers’ guard Lou Williams for a 3-point-shot. Every time Bryant touched the ball fans at the ACC went wild. And even chants of ‘M-V-P’ were heard collectively throughout the arena. But they were also crazy for him off the court especially late in the first quarter. “Sitting on the bench they started chanting ‘we want Kobe,’ Bryant said. ‘They started chanting that a little too early. It’s like ‘dude hold on give me 5 minutes…wait, wait, wait.’”

Throughout the game fans saw the 37-year-old Laker trying to find his rhythm and get it going from the field. However, it wasn’t until late in the 4th when we saw flashbacks of Mr. Vino himself. Bryant nailed back-to-back jumpers.

He looked good – He looked great.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, the Raptors were simply too much to handle and handed them their 18th loss of the season. Bryant would end the night with 21 points on 8-16 shooting, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. There was no question this was a much better shooting night for The Mamba coming of a 2-15 performance the night before. ‘I shot 50 per cent tonight? Finally!,’ Bryant said laughing.

Metta World Peace knows fans are dying to see more performances like this and even went as far as predicting the road ahead for Bryant. ‘’It’s like they’re horny for it,’ said World Peace. ‘He’s going to have a couple of really good games coming up. And then he’ll have a really good end of December. January it will be pretty amazing. February- March will be pretty cool.’

 

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