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Don Nelson on Kobe's magical play

December 30, 2009 |  6:58 am

Don Last night's ugly win for the Lakers, 124-118, over the Golden State Warriors offered little for Lakers fans to get excited about.

The lowly Warriors (9-22) shot 55% and had 31 assists on their 46 field goals as the Lakers defense was invisible for the second straight game.

After the game, Warriors Coach Don Nelson told the San Francisco Chronicle: "We did a couple silly things and you can't do that down the stretch."

But Nelson was dazzled by Kobe Bryant's play, including his 44 points. "He amazing. To be able to shoot like he did with a finger problem on his shooting hand and to take a game over without the same shot he usually has is something," Nelson said.

Bryant was 13 for 27 from the field and made all 16 free throws.

"I love watching him play and it's always a pleasure to coach against him," Nelson said.

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Don Nelson. Credit: Bill Haber / Associated Press