Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points. He hit 13 of his 27 shot attempts, and added six rebounds and four assists.
Down the stretch, Bryant made a few key plays to help Los Angeles secure the win. The most impressive may have been a dunk with 2:16 left in the game.
Bryant got the crowd on its feet by completing a one-handed dunk over Josh Smith that gave L.A. a 95-94 lead. Smith is one of the best defenders in the NBA, averaging 2.0 blocks per game. He also stands three inches taller than Bryant at 6-foot-9, but was no match for the future Hall of Famer.
To seal the victory, Bryant scored with Smith in his face, once again. The five-time champion put in the game-winning layup with nine seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The game came down to the wire, but the Lakers were in control for much of the way. They had a 16-point lead in the second half, but Atlanta kept it close in the final minutes.
Below is a video of Bryant’s dunk over Smith.