The Los Angeles Lakers finally got back to .500 on Sunday night with a 99-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks. It was a hard-fought victory on the NBA’s “Noche Latina” during which “Los Lakers” relied heavily on superstar guard Kobe Bryant.
Bryant was spectacular, scoring 34 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals. But the moment of the game came late in the fourth quarter, when he threw down an insane dunk.
With the Lakers trailing 94-93 and just more than two minutes remaining, Bryant got the ball at the top of the key and was guarded by Hawks forward Josh Smith. Kobe waited patiently through a screen by Dwight Howard, then sprung unto action with a cross-over dribble to his right hand. He streaked down the right side of the lane on two dribbles, then elevated for a thunderous right-handed dunk over Smith.
It was absolutely gorgeous and got the Staples Center crowd up and going wild.
Video of the dunk after the jump.