The Lakers got a reminder Tuesday night that after all the changes they've undergone, they still have a legendary scorer in Kobe Bryant.
Bryant had his 83rd playoff game with at least 30 points when he scored 38 in the Lakers' 104-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. The Lakers lead the series 2-0, with Game 3 in Denver on Friday night.
Bryant took advantage of less double-team attention from Denver's defense and made 15 of 29 shots from the field. He had 31 points in the Game 1 victory, although this performance was more artistic.
"In the first game, he was getting a lot of layups and getting to the basket," Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said. "This game, he was hitting tough shots. Like the coaches said, we played better defense, but he was on fire. And sometimes you can't do anything about it when he's hitting shots like that."
Bryant had just three games with at least 30 points in the playoffs last season, when the Lakers played 10 times before bowing out. He said his body is fresher this time around.
"I feel great," he said. "We're doing fine, playing well."
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