Kobe brings Lakers back to .500 in style

Myke Miravite
Kobe's monster slam over Josh Smith punctuated the Lakers' return to .500 --- and a possible playoff spot.

MANILA, Philippines — For a team that has won only half of their games so far this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking good and sharp as of late. And Kobe Bryant shows us why:

One point down and two minutes left in the game, Kobe suddenly turned back the hands of time as he drove and got past Josh Smith and the good shot blocker that he is for a thunderous slam like it’s 1996. The vintage Black Mamba then hit a couple more shots down the stretch, including the game-clinching layup with nine seconds left for a 99-98 win against the Atlanta Hawks.

You’ll hate to be one of the five Hawks with Kobe on the floor as he was practically on videogame mode yesterday, simply unstoppable on both ends of the court. The 34-year-old (if we are to believe his birth certificate) finished the game with 34 points, 11 of which in the final canto to lift his team to 30-30 win-loss slate.

Josh Smith however could be feeling a lot worse after he was posterized by Kobe not once, but twice (although the first one was a solid block, as what had happened in this video clip almost exactly two years ago):

At least he got a perfect view of those two nasty, nasty moves.

Thirty-four years old and he still got it. Sweet. – Rappler.com

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