Back after a three game absence from the Lakers lineup to rest. Kobe Bryant returned in a 111-103 win over the Denver Nuggets with style, notching his 21st career triple-double consisting of 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.
“To score the ball takes a lot out of my legs. I’m making some adjustments,” he said, crediting his recent basketball break. “Oh my gosh, yes. Absolutely.
“But also it gave me a chance to reflect. Breaking down my game. You see now I’m very, very efficient. I know exactly where I want to go. I get to my spots, I don’t try to beat guys with quickness. I back them down, I get to my areas, I elevate over them. It’s just old-school Oscar Robertson style.”
Bryant became the second-oldest active players to record a triple-double behind Tim Duncan, who did it against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 5th.
H/N LA Times