Recommendation: The Lakers needed to win the game and Bryant willed the team to victory. With the Jazz losing on Wednesday, Kobe and his team are just 1.5 games behind the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Bryant has scored at least 29 points in his last seven games.
Update: Bryant scored 18 of his 42 points (14-21 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 11-14 FT) in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 16-point deficit to beat New Orleans on Wednesday. The Laker shooting guard added 12 assists and seven rebounds.
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