Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gifted a pair of shoes to Paul George of the Indiana Pacers as the latter beat Lakers, 89-87 on Monday night. This was Bryant’s final game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. George was kind enough to return a hug.
“It was here where the run started.” Bryant said of the Lakers’ first of the three consecutive championships, as reported by LA Times.
George who was able to get past Bryant in the final minute of the game and snatch the victory had an interesting response.
“Well, he is old.” George said.
The shooting guard was on fire for the Lakers in the fourth quarter. He kicked off with a jumper with 4:15 left. Then he buried a 25-foot 3-pointer from the right with George guarding him tightly.
Bryant followed it up with another 23 foot 3-pointer with George closing in on him. With 2:30 left on the clock, the 37-year-old nailed a 27-foot 3-pointer from the top of the key with two defenders covering him.
The Pacers’ fans were getting exactly what they wanted as they showed their appreciation towards Bryant with loud cheers. For a moment, one might have mistaken the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Staples Center East. “Ko-be!” was the chant thundering across the arena. Bryant’s final shot gave Lakers a three-point lead in the game.
However, it was not enough as Lakers would ultimately go on to lose.
“For a second, I was stunned. He hit shot after shot after shot.” George said to ESPN.
After thundering the court with some brilliant basketball display, Bryant cooled off in the final moments. He missed his final five shots of the game.
“It’s either been s— or Shinola” Bryant said with a smile on his face.
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