Kobe’s Clutch Again





HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Kobe Bryant‘s having a good week, especially if you just tune into the last few minutes of Lakers games (and forget his first 15 shots against the Hornets on Saturday).

In Wednesday’s big win over the Clippers, Bryant hit two clutch jumpers, one to give the Lakers the lead with 3:02 left and another to seal the victory with 25 seconds on the clock. A night earlier, he pretty much did the same thing against the Nets with two jumpers in the final 1:11.

Two nights before that, in Sunday’s win over the Warriors, Bryant hit a big 3-pointer in the final two minutes. And back on Saturday, after missing those first 15 shots, he hit the game-winner with 20 seconds left.

Now, go back to last Tuesday, when Bryant hit the game-tying jumper, and then another to give the Lakers the lead in the final minute at Golden State.

Five wins in six games for the Lakers, and eight straight makes for Bryant in clutch time.

Clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less. And until March, Bryant, despite his reputation, wasn’t performing very well in the clutch.

Through March 7, Bryant was shooting 19-for-71 (27 percent) in clutch time. Since then, he’s 20-for-38 (53 percent). And as a bonus, he’s also getting to the line more often.

Kobe Bryant’s clutch shooting, 2011-12

Timeframe GP MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3PT% FTM FTA FT% AST TO PTS
Through March 7 25 89 19 71 26.8% 3 17 17.6% 15 21 71.4% 16 10 56
Since March 9 13 65 20 38 52.6% 5 13 38.5% 24 28 85.7% 5 4 69
Total 38 32 39 109 35.8% 8 30 26.7% 39 49 79.6% 21 14 125

Bryant now trails league-leader Kevin Durant (130) by just five clutch-time points. But when it comes to clutch-time shooting percentage, he’s not catching teammate Andrew Bynum.

Highest clutch-time shooting percentage, minimum 25 FGA

Player FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3PT% FTM FTA FT% PTS
Andrew Bynum 32 39 82.1% 0 1 .0% 14 17 82.4% 78
Goran Dragic 18 26 69.2% 5 7 71.4% 5 7 71.4% 46
Nene 21 35 60.0% 0 0 9 15 60.0% 51
Chris Bosh 22 38 57.9% 2 4 50.0% 11 14 78.6% 57
Tim Duncan 22 38 57.9% 0 0 14 24 58.3% 58
Kyrie Irving 31 57 54.4% 4 6 66.7% 26 29 89.7% 92
Dwight Howard 14 26 53.8% 0 0 16 36 44.4% 44
Paul Pierce 19 36 52.8% 7 11 63.6% 21 28 75.0% 66
Gary Neal 13 25 52.0% 7 12 58.3% 2 6 33.3% 35
Rodney Stuckey 13 25 52.0% 3 5 60.0% 16 19 84.2% 45
Marco Belinelli 13 25 52.0% 5 14 35.7% 13 14 92.9% 44

111 Comments

  1. conzhanz fabia says:

    is it the end of the season? yep…so obviously kobe is going to step up his game..im dreaming of a battle of la in the playoffs but whos going to take the 8th spot out west? gunning for that eighth spot on mindofmattman.com

  2. conzhanz fabia says:

    hahaha you loss on your game of clippers

  3. conz says:

    thats is a big fight for kobe brayant

  4. kobealltime says:

    you know why his numbers are like that LOL? because all the teams before they meet up with the lakers plan on how to stop kobe. that’s the only plan they have the whole 48 minutes of the game. so all 15 players are ready to stop kobe. kobe against one team and 50% fg on endgames, that’s like 200% fg.

  5. mike says:

    Can we forget about stats for a minute…they dont define the truth. Lets make it easy…name another player over the last 10 years or so who acually closed out 4 games in a row…. Dont think you will find one.

  6. LakersRus says:

    Ramon Sessions makes Kobe and the whole team better! Thank God we acquired a PG of his caliber!

  7. LAL says:

    LEBRON CLUTCH U GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. He’s to afraid to take the last shot. Kobe on the other hand he will take that last shot even if he is 0-100 that day. KOBE=BEST CLOSER EVER

  8. William says:

    you can’t compare the two of them. They played in different eras, and basically a different game, Jordan’s era wasn’t so advanced, which could explain why Jordan made more than Kobe. But consider the defensive advances that Kobe has to face.

  9. Some says:

    It doesn’t matter what the stats say because nobody has hit as many buzzer beaters or game winners as Kobe. He made near impossible shots with a hand in his face to beat the buzzer. We remember MJ as clutch because he made it in the playoffs. Kobe’s shots were much harder to make. Kobe is pure skill when it comes to clutchness. I think Mj is great at everything but, he is not the clutchest player ever. Lebron, West, and Rusell are way overrated. If you watch a clutch game, you would hope Kobe would be on your team.

  10. W4P4k says:

    KB24 all time.. haters may live but will die in frustration nyahhaahaha…
    lebron+ wade+ bosh = maybe a ring, but Don’t tell me its because of SO CALLED KING?( WHERE’s the CROWN/RING?) thats 3 of the best active player in nba today!!
    just watched the SITUATiON/MOMENTS OF CLUTCH TIMES!!!

  11. hater says:

    The reason Kobe is called clutch has nothing to do with the percentage of shots made in the last five seconds, if you go by that then yes he has a horrible percentage, but the level of difficulty and the pressure of shots he takes in the last 5 secs and makes is outrageous, Ive seen him take and make some ridiculous shots in the clutch, when the game seem completely out of range. not only that but i dont think clutch should be defined in the last five seconds because the shots before that in the last minute or so of the game also takes into factor. thats why if a player hits a shot with 32secs left on the clock and that gives his team the lead its considered the game winner.

    • Stranger says:

      @hater clutch is defined as the last five minutes in the game or overtime with a point of differential of 5 or less

      • hater says:

        OOps yeah thanx for the correction, all i am saying is the stats are low and he does it so often because no one else is willing to carry that burden, and when he does it, its amazing because just when you thought the game was over, here comes Kobe with an array of ridiculous shots.

  12. Clutch says:

    Clutch players.
    MJ>KB in clutch by by a very small margin. Two greatest players ever to play the game

  13. Bingalicious says:

    Guys, kobe’s better than michael jordan.

  14. LoL2 says:

    Hey LoL,

    I think you need to watch this and then rethink everything that you said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PB4LU4wKEU

    Have a nice day.

  15. Hi says:

    This LoL guy is hilarious. He obviously has not watched or played a single game of basketball in his life. Anyone can read stats and argue about it all day like this moron, but not everyone can understand what’s behind it. Besides, does this guy not have anything to do but read comments on blogs and respond to them like an immature boy? Either he’s the brat himself, or the internet is making old people go through reverse puberty. Come on now. Get your butts off of your chairs and spend some time with real people. Maybe then you people will finally grow up.

  16. alvin says:

    where is lebron james?make him clutch hahaha

  17. Fedizzle says:

    Clutchness isn’t real. It’s an imaginary concept people made up. Great players are great all the time including the last few minutes. Kobe isn’t afraid of the moment and take clutch shots, but truth is his numbers in the clutch are the same or worse then his regular statistics throughout the game. .. My point is you make some you miss some that’s all there is to it. It’s irrational to think that a players fg% actually go up because of the pressure. As long as they don’t go down you’re pretty damn clutch.

  18. Mel says:

    I wouldn’t go G.O.A.T but he certainly is ranked in the top 10!

  19. mihmsanity says:

    Blake griffins big dunk wsa an offensive foul and if you dont think so you need to get a rule book

  20. LoL says:

    I take it back. Kobe is the GREATEST of all TIME. EVEN better THAN Jordan.

  21. eddie says:

    i hate when all you guys talk about is player comparison. its annoying , and pointless , whatever a player has done in his career is thier OWN legacy. not to be compared to one another because they took place in different times of basketball!!

  22. Mel says:

    Hey Lol do you even know how to read?As the article says “Clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.”No matter what the stats says Kobe does not shy away from failing.He wants the ball at the end of the game not like your beloved Lechoke James who just simply disappears in the fourth quarter!Why do you think there are so many LeBrick jokes?I’m not saying that he’s not good but he’s not clutch nor is he a “King”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. prix says:

    My boy Kobe goign to work. He is the REAL MVP of the NBA, Durant has Wetbrook nd James has Wade two top 7 players in the nba as a sidekick. I got LA taking it all this year nd Miami not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5…..

  24. LoL says:

    Everyone STATS DONT LIE. SO check em out. Lebron more clutch ALL DAY than KB whos OVERHYPED

    http://chasing23.com/kobe-bryant-vs-lebron-james-game-winning-shots/

    • What... says:

      Tell that to the stat man Mr Schuhmann. Do stats count the difficulty of the shot? Double teams? Situation of game? Opponents? How many seconds? % of shooting before that? Stats only tell one side of the story. To get the full picture, you need to watch games, period.

  25. jura says:

    of course he is the best when Lakers must win every game by 1 shot,that says more about Lakers then Kobe,i mean home game vs 28.NBA team whit 8 or 9 players,this is a joke and even better joke is that Lakers are consideret to be a title contender this year,NBA is on a much lower bball qualitty then 20y ago….

  26. jonski22 says:

    every NBA coach will give it to Kobe to try and win the game, Durant, Dirk and Pierce comes next.

  27. silence says:

    dont compare the stats right now.. instead do it when kobe is retired…… thats the time you compare the stats!

  28. kobe is in his god condition right now.. with bynum, p.gasol and sessions and d rest of the lakers like MWO it’s championship again….beware east…

  29. Sam Lamothe says:

    Kobe always heats up when the playoffs are near as for the next jordan id say Durant is going to be just that

  30. Gabriel Zita says:

    Kobe? Clutch? I’ll become a spaceship before Kobe is fully Clutch. Clutch is Chris Paul. NOT KOBE.

    • Steel Kobe 24 says:

      AHAHAHAHAHAHA, good one, thats pretty funny. We saw how “clutch” CP3 was against the Lakers. Oh, sorry, Kobe was the one who was clutch down the stretch, especially this week/decade AHAHAHAHA, you are a funny guy.

    • sqoosh says:

      u a Kobe or a Laker hater? how many game winners for Chris Paul? I love Paul’s game but he ain’t clutch. Brandon Roy, I’d say YES! Best clutch in the history of NBA, it’s Kobe!

  31. Ballin says:

    3-21 and all 3 shots came in the 4th quarter totaling 11pts. Also the game winning 3pointer. I don’t know the other definition at Clutch that you guys look at….but I think that’s pretty clutch. And as the picture caption says floating around the internet. “Kobe goes 3-21 the entire game and still has more points than Lebron in the 4th…11pts”

  32. KB24 says:

    I dont know about you guys but i want to see the lakers and the heat in the finals

  33. is it the end of the season? yep…so obviously kobe is going to step up his game..im dreaming of a battle of la in the playoffs but whos going to take the 8th spot out west? gunning for that eighth spot on mindofmattman.com

  34. Ti Brown says:

    Kobe takes the big shots and we all expect him to do just that. The pressure is likely tremendous, but we all just think it’s just another stat. I love stats like anyone, but sometime they don’t tell the story. They just tell data. There’s more to it than just data when you have to do the incredible – just like you do the boring.

    Props to KB ad infinitum. Knock it off.

  35. I agree says:

    punnyjr
    April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    i think it comes from his minute too

    before he had to play a whole 2nd half recently he had a break for sometime and came back around 6 – 7 minute of the game

    lakers’s getting better

    I agree, Kobe has been more efficient with less time. Kobe should come at 6:50 mark and Barnes minutes should increase while Artest minutes should decrease.

    Barnes & Ramon have great Chemistry.

  36. nrmn says:

    LEBRON JAMES WILL NEVER BE ON THIS LIST! hahaha..

  37. Players Comment says:

    I’m a Lebron fan.. but I admit Lebron James is not even close to Kobe Bryant.. Jordan is the greatest of his era and Kobe is the greatest of this era.. and he’ll might be playing at this highest level for three more years.. and after that Lebron is at his 30’s already not a young player anymore.. as far as I can see Durant will be next MJ and Kobe, if he takes care of himself and he is a lot younger than Lebron..

  38. Mike G-Man says:

    MAMBA! MAMBA!

  39. JordanL says:

    OK….We all know Kobe is super clutch…. Stats show he has been by far the clutchest player from 2002-CURRENT… everyone knows Kobe is clutch….

    But I think Lakers might have found a formula that helps them win games even when they know there bench is going to blow huge leads….

    LET KOBE BE THE CLOSER…..Let me elaborate..

    Earlier in the season Kobe was doing EVERYTHING for the Lakers and his clutch numbers were down because he was fatigued… He basically had to play the most minutes and score alot in all quarters to keep the lakers close and create shots for others….. Now Lakers seem to be using Kobe just right to get him set for the playoffs….

    He is not shooting as much and he is being very efficent with his shots…..

    This is the Laker team that can beat anyone in a 7 game series….. If they had played better defense last night… the Clippers would have gotten destroyed….

  40. JordanL says:

    OK….We all know Kobe is super clutch…. Stats show he has been by far the clutchest player from 2002-CURRENT… everyone knows Kobe is clutch….

    But I think Lakers might have found a formula that helps them win games even when they know there bench is going to blow huge leads….

    LET KOBE BE THE CLOSER…..Let me elaborate..

    Earlier in the season Kobe was doing EVERYTHING for the Lakers and his clutch numbers were down because he was fatigued… He basically had to play the most minutes and score alot in all quarters to keep the lakers close and create shots for others….. Now Lakers seem to be using Kobe just right to get him set for the playoffs….

    He is not shooting as much and he is

    • LoL says:

      The Numbers DO NOT show he is clutch he is NOT. numbers DONT LIE, and they prove that hes no better than the average player at closing fg%. So sorry.

      KB = OVERHYPED closer his whole career.

  41. Rahul says:

    Hey all you guys at The Hang time Blog .Here is a suggestion for ya . There is a race to the MVP , rookie ladder , Top ten plays , and all the other stuff you guys write /post . How about starting a Top ten Clutch players , on a weekly or 2 weekly basis Much like your other newsletters. I think it would be a huge hit . Please dont say it will be dominated by Kobe. Lets start the rankings and see.
    Cheers

  42. Fred says:

    LeBron James. anyone? im kidding.

  43. cadroy says:

    Kobe is clutch,rest is history..

  44. All says:

    is it just me or are most of blake griffins dunks offensive fouls?

    • Tired of Haters says:

      Honestly it seems like people who dislike Griffin are only on the internet and probably living in a basement with their parents. Grow up man. Not everyone is going to be the humble pie type player you all want. Griffin makes the game more exciting and it’s not like other player haven’t done what he does. Shaq used to dunk on people bad, and Howard does the same. But because Griffin isn’t their size it makes it look worse and people start disliking him simply because he’s good at it. Just soooo tired of all you haters.

  45. lakers27 says:

    Yes indeed kobe is the greatest clutch player..

  46. JFN says:

    i think michael jordan in the last seconds of the game got himself easier shots then the shots kobe took.kobe is still either secong or first clutchest players in nba history. jordan and kobe are interchangable and then you throw in bird and all the other great late game performers

    • LoL says:

      MJ and KB are NOWHERE near interchangeable

      • christy says:

        Yes they aree! Since your all about factss, then go look up the video where MJ himself said that Kobe was the only player thats near being like him! so stfu !

  47. best says:

    Reggie Miller Is The clutchest Shooter Ever

  48. Kobe is the best closer in the game today, but not of alltime, hes way better then west, jordan was better, and bird and magic was more clutch then kobe.

  49. christy says:

    kobe is the B E A S T ! <3

  50. James says:

    ‘As of late? guy u must be a tool or living under a rock.. or dont watch the nba at all and only watch highlights

    • BelizeBoy says:

      Yes as of late you moron. Or did you forget about that 3-21 game and about 5 more bad shooting games before these last three? You must only watch the Lakers when Kobe is doing well.

      • Kobe Best Closer Ever says:

        Your a joke dude. Thats all you have, is remember his 3-21 shooting night. Your a plan joke. All i have to say people need to forget who the lakers were before they got sessions. Sessions has everything the lakers need with quickness, scoring, and most importantly the ability to distribute the rock. Kobe is now able to play of screens and score at will. Laker haters keep it coming with your lack of knowledge of the game, becuase thats all you will have come playoff time when the lakers win another championship. Then whats next, lemme guess they got lucky or they wont be able to repeat. Keep hating. Laker for life

      • truthteller says:

        BelizeBoy,
        But you do realize that Kobe’s been doing what he’s been doing “of late” for years now, right? I know you’re not a Kobe fan but you do realise that he’s been called the best closer in the game and he’s right there with the all-time greats in clutch performances, right?

      • LoL says:

        Not quite KB is PERCEIVED as being a great closer, when the fact of the matter is NUMBERS DONT LIE, and hes NOT. We aint hatin man the NUMBERS are THERE.

      • christy says:

        @LoL
        get out of here! KObe hater!

  51. kobe says:

    where is blogger Prix who says kobe should retire ..he’s to old body wont hold up not clutch..last 3 games he is shooting around 5o% from field..yes i know he has gone thru some bad stretches shooting the rock but u will have those nights when u have torn ligament in wrist surgery on knee all the mileage he has but he is the mamba ..the cold blooded killer and one of the best clutch shooters to ever play..

  52. Guest says:

    Kobe is by far the best closer ever, he has most game winners in history of the game, the man is pure clutch.

    • LoL says:

      No he doesnt stop making dumb facts up

      • Mama City says:

        Whatever you say bro…..Kobes not clutch…..ur a straight up hater…….like youve been saying “look at the stats” Kobe’s second in the league in clutch time points this season…….you’d probably say Caron Butler is more clutch than Kobe…..get real

      • batez says:

        Dude why are you here if you hate Kobe so much? Why come and bother people in the comments section you troll FOH! Kobe is the best closer in the NBA today! PERIOD! One of the best of all time. Your senseless trolling wont change anyones mind about that…Get a life dude. lol

  53. KOBEwillGET#6 says:

    Kobe’s dagger is sharp again..beware!his going to stab to those who oppose him!

  54. punnyjr says:

    i think the minutes he plays getting better

    he had to play a whole 2nd half before now he had sometime to rest and came back at the end

    lakers is getting better

  55. punnyjr says:

    i think it comes from his minute too

    before he had to play a whole 2nd half recently he had a break for sometime and came back around 6 – 7 minute of the game

    lakers’s getting better

  56. BelizeBoy says:

    Not a Kobe fan but as of late he is very very clutch.

  57. Tre' says:

    Kobe’s not the greatest closer of all time, are you serious?
    Are you forgetting about Jordan? Or Bill Russell maybe? Does Jerry West ring a bell?

    • Reggie says:

      Stop it. If you say Jordan, then ok. But Kobe is just on another level compared to Jerry West, although Jerry west was a phenomenal closer in his day (yes, I watched alot of his games through archives.), same for bill Russell but you are just drawing at straws my friend. Jordan and Kobe are the cream of the crop in nba history when it comes to closing and clutch ness.

    • David C. says:

      Tre are you serious? Are you old enough to have watched Russell or West? Kobe is the far better closer, in an era with far superior athletes and talent. Check your stats, Kobe is a better closer than Jordan!

      • LoL says:

        bbbbbbbblllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaahahahahah preciate the good laugh!

      • MJBBGOD says:

        Oh come on, Kobe is better in the clutch stat-wise? If Kobe fans want to argue about Kobe being the most clutch the last thing they should do is mention his clutch stats. Why? Because if you go to his clutch stats you can clearly see that he is an overrated clutch performer. Kobe has attempted way more clutch shots than any NBA player… EVER. Not even Jordan has attempted as much clutch shots as Kobe. And his percentage of makes is actually below average. LeBron has a better percentage. People make such a big deal out of him because of the type of shots he takes, and sometimes makes, which are always very tought shots. But not every player takes that kind of shots, and a lot of players are certainly more effective. Wade, for example, also takes a lot of “memorable” shots, and that’s why people believe he is clutch. But the facts say that he is one of the worst clutch players. I actually encourage you to dare prove me wrong. Check your stats…

    • redman says:

      even phil jackson said that kobe makes harder clutch shots than jordan… kobe is no doubt the most clutch

    • Laker Fan says:

      Are you serious dude?! Bill Russell wasn’t a closer, his impact at the end of games generally came from a defensive stand, and besides there were only 6 or 8 teams in the league back then. Jerry west was not a great closer he was a good closer because he was great shooter and you could not foul him because he didn’t miss clutch free throws. There is nobody in the conversation with kobe but Jordan. Jordan is in the conversation because of the stage he has hit a lot of his clutch baskets, Playoffs, Finals, etc.. But as far as quantity of clutch shots made nobody compares.
      And oh yeah I’m a UNC alum and Jordan fan for life. But as a laker and basketball fan I recognize game.

      • dalauder says:

        That’s exactly what I was thining. Bill Russell was an unrivaled DEFENSIVE force. Making clutch shots wasn’t has M.O.

      • MJBBGOD says:

        I agree with you, but as for quantity of shots made, Kobe came in the league younger than Jordan, therefore he had more time and more opportunities, he has always been a selfish player and has never given up those opportunities, not even when the play wasn’t designed for him and he has attempted a lot more than Jordan. Kobe has airballed near-impossible shots when there were about 3 shooters open. Curiously, almost all of his gamewinners come in the regular season, and he is not a great clutch shooter in the playoffs, let alone the finals. MJ, on the other hand, made the most of every clutch opportunity when the pressure was at the highest point possible. Needless to say against Utah, Cleveland, etc. As far as clutch goes, Jordan is, until now, and most likely forever, simply unmatched.

    • Tired of Haters says:

      I don’t like Brayant one bit but disagree with you. If we are talking about making clutch shots then Kobe is pretty much number one (among active players). He started out kind of bad and now he’s back into rhythm. Probably because of the injuries earlier. Anyhow give props where they’re do.

      • Steel Kobe 24 says:

        Thank you!!! I’m the opposite-huge KB24 fan, but definitely agree here.

      • LoL says:

        NO HES NOT! Look at the friggin STATS man..NUMBERS DONT LIE.. Kobe is BY FAR NOT the best closer in the NBA

      • Kenny says:

        @ LOL so all this dude is talking bout is numbers. u must be the fat kid who never got to make the team and had to take stats for real players looool FYI game happens on the court, not on paper.

      • christy says:

        AGREE! kobe is best among active playerss! statss dont matter its all about how you play the game on the court!

    • Jordan says:

      Hmmmm, with five seconds left I give the ball to Bill, Jerry or Kobe… KOBE duh!

  58. LAKERPRIDE4LIFE says:

    Love it when the Lake Show reminds the world why they are still the Kings of LA………KOBE’S THE GREATEST CLOSER OF ALL TIME!!!!