That’s what he [Kobe] does. We have one of the best closers in the game. That’s why we can be a dangerous team.
— Mike D’Antoni on Kobe’s performance tonight
Kobe played 41 minutes and 6 seconds, scoring 23 points in the 4th quarter, finishing off with 30 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists for a 104-96 win against the New Orleans Hornets.