Kobe couldn’t miss in the first half as he scored 15 of his 20 first half points in the opening quarter but went ice cold in the 2nd half – missing all 7 of his field goal attempts in a loss to the Wizards.
“We just tried to make it difficult on him, give him different looks every now and then, just try and keep him off-balance,” Beal said about defending Kobe.
“I want to make him work,” Pierce said about Bryant. “You’re never going to stop him all the way.”
Bryant is now just 99 points away from passing Michael Jordan for 3rd on the NBA all-time scoring list. As expected, Kobe acted like he didn’t care about the record or looking down far into the future. When asked about playing beyond next season Bryant said,
“If I want to play, I’ll play. I tend to make my own decisions. If I don’t want to play, I won’t play.”