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Kobe Dunk

After sitting out for a couple of weeks to rest various bumps, bruises and ailments, Kobe Bryant made a very triumphant return to the Lakers roster last night, scoring an extremely efficient 32 points, including the game-winning 3-point shot that put the Memphis Grizzlies away for evening. For the night, Bryant was 13-19 from the field for 32 points (3-4 from behind the arc) while grabbing seven rebound and handing out six assists.

He also added three steals to his statistic total.

I mentioned something about Bryant being efficient, and to illustrate the point, his PER (player efficiency rating) for last night’s workload was 42. For comparison’s sake, the PER league leader this season is LeBron James, who averages about a +32 PER.

Anyway, enough math. How about some highlights of Kobe’s game-winning shot?

While Kobe’s shot was brilliant — Memo to LeBron: That’s how you shoot game-tying or game-winning 3-pointers — had OJ Mayo hit his free throws on the preceding play, Kobe’s shot wouldn’t have mattered. Alas, Mayo failed, which, in turn, allowed Kobe to succeed.

See, friends? That’s why the charity stripe is so important.