In Game 4 of the 2000 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant introduced himself to the world on the biggest stage, with one of his most-clutch performances.
After missing most of Game 2 and all of Game 3 with an ankle injury, Bryant stood tall when his team needed him most, pouring in 28 points to lead the Lakers to a 120-118 win to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
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A hobbled Bryant, scored just six points in the first half and picked up four fouls guarding Pacers veterans Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller.
He picked up his fifth foul in the third, but Phil Jackson kept him in the game, as he went on to score 14 points in the second half, before Sam Perkins' three-pointer sent the game into overtime.
Shaquille O'Neal was a man on a mission in Game 4, piling up 36 points and 21 rebounds, but when he fouled out with 2:23 remaining in OT, a 21-year-old Bryant took charge.
Bryant buried three-straight isolation buckets, before collecting the rebound off a missed shot and finishing the reverse layup to put the Lakers up three points to seal the win.
After the League MVP fouled out, a 21-year-old on an injured ankle lifted L.A. to a Finals victory. #BestOfLakersPacers pic.twitter.com/ybUF09Z6lN- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 2, 2020
Bryant played 47 of a possible 53 minutes, with his eight points in overtime, the second most overtime points in NBA Finals history.
The Lakers went on to win in six games, securing their first of three-straight championships, with Bryant's Game 4 heroics, swinging the series in their favour.