Calderon nails the dagger, Knicks win in LA
Kobe Bryant played his last game against the New York Knicks and had the chance of ending it, when the score was tied 87-87, in a style that made him famous. He missed his final shot, however and the chance went to Jose Calderon who nailed a three pointer, with 0.2 on the clock, in cold blood to bring the Knicks their fourth straight victory over the Lakers.
The Knicks led throughout most of the game and managed to build a 16 point lead early in the third quarter. The Lakers fought back and with a playoff crowd on their back they managed to erase the lead and even go up by 4 with less then 2 minutes on the clock. Carmelo Anthony made a crucial three pointer and a two pointer to keep New York in the game, then allowed Calderon to take the last shot for the win.
Anthony scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and even though he outscored Bryant, at the end of the game he praised him:
“He’s an assassin. You can’t play off him, even now. He still has the look in his eyes with the ball. You see flashes of him out there.”
– Carmelo Anthony
Kristaps Porzingis was sidelined with a stomach ache and missed his chance to play one more time against Kobe and a matchup with fellow rookie D’Angelo Russell. Arron Afflalo returned on the floor after missing a couple to strained abdominal muscle and scored 9 points. Robin Lopez scored 16 points, Calderon finished with 9 while Kobe had 14.