WATCH: Kobe Bryant turns back the clock with reverse dunk
MANILA, Philippines - The Los Angeles Lakers may not yet be able to manufacture a win this season, but Laker fans must feel good that Kobe Bryant can still create memorable highlights.
The Lakers lost their third straight game on Friday, October 31 (Saturday PH time) to crosstown rivals Los Angeles Clippers, 118-111. Blake Griffin scored 39 points on 13-23 shooting to keep the Clippers unbeaten through their first two games.
But the highlight of the game came in the first quarter when Bryant, who had missed all but six games last season with a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee, drove baseline against Matt Barnes and delivered a trademark reverse dunk that brought supporters from both teams out of their seats at the Staples Center.
Bryant, 36, continued to play more like his jersey number than his age as he scored 21 points and dished 7 assists in 35 minutes. Point guard Jeremy Lin, who has assumed the primary ball handler role after Steve Nash’s career-ended back injury, responded to Bryant’s call to control the offense by dishing 9 assists to go with 17 points while Jordan Hill topscored with 23 points.
It was not enough to overcome the Clippers, however, as they outscored the Lakers 32-21 to secure the victory. - Rappler.com