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VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Takes Over Game 4 Of The 2000 Finals

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As Kobe’s career begins to wind down, the comparisons to Michael Jordan will become more and more rampant. If there is any single moment in Kobe’s career that signaled his ability to become the next Jordan, it occurred during the 2000 NBA Finals.

Bryant hobbled into Game 4 of the Finals after missing most of Game 2 and all of Game 3 due to a sore ankle. The Lakers were fortunately able to split the two games without Bryant.

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Bryant played well throughout the game, but really stepped up after Shaquille O’Neal fouled out with 2:33 left in overtime. The Lakers, who had been in control for most of the game, were about to let a win slip out of their grasp and head home with the series tied 2-2.

With Shaq on the bench, Kobe would hit two clutch jump shots and then add another tip in to help the Lakers escape Indianapolis with a 3-1 series advantage. Much like Jordan, Bryant was able to step up when his team needed him the most and deliver a win.
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  • Jay Brodes

    man these were the dayz..laters playing into june and mamba killin it! thanks dantoni for getting him hurt!! i will never forgive dantoni for this 1..good riddance and a year too late!

    • Still a fan

      More like 2 years too late. Shouldn’t have been the coach in the first place.

  • JT

    “Bryant hobbled into Game 4 of the Finals after missing most of Game 2 and all of Game 4 due to a sore ankle. The Lakers were fortunately able to split the two games without Bryant” lol huh?

    • Nope

      missed all of Game 3, not Game 4. you didnt read right.

  • ghost

    God, stop this Bryant mythologizing. I know that for some one 28 point game was argument of comparing with GOAT, but these are not serious people. 15-5-4 37% as argument for goats comparing, what type of world is it?

    • truth

      You idiots loving posting stats with no context. Kobe was always the bailout guy in the triangle. If the offense stalled, he was the one taking the shot with the clock running down. Every game he had at least 5 bad fg attempts due to the clock running out. Thing is, he couldn’t care less about the percentage, someone had to take it so it might as well be him.

      • ghost

        Yep, and you fanboys loving justify his poor game and change it into goat level, because bus has stopped, bird was flying or UFO flew to the ground.

  • VillainKing

    Black Mamba doing work!!!!

  • vdogg

    i still remember this game. kobe was nothing short of brilliant down the stretch.

  • ssskobe

    why kobe look older than now

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