Kobe scored 17 in the fourth quarter last week in Sacramento, but the rematch went differently, reports the Los Angeles Times. The MVP candidate had just one point in the final frame, including a missed fadeaway at the buzzer in a 114-113 home loss. Kings guard Beno Udrih hit the winning free throws with four seconds left.
The Lakers remained half a game over the Spurs on top of the West. Kings star swingman Ron Artest did not play the final 16 minutes, then strode the court popping his jersey, in imitation of Kobe a week earlier. Retorted Bryant: "He's got to get his own material. Don't be (rapper) Puff Daddy and sample every song."