Why Anthony Davis Shouted 'Kobe' To Celebrate Buzzer Beater over Denver

Wearing the special "Black Mamba" jersey in tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night, Anthony Davis delivered a moment Bryant would have been proud of.

With the Los Angeles Lakers trailing by one point and time expiring, Davis hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer that gave the Lakers a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets, moving them 2-0 up in the series and within two wins of a first appearance in the NBA Finals since 2010.

As Davis celebrated wildly after hitting the game winner, TV cameras captured him shouting "Kobe". Speaking after the game, the seven-time All-Star explained the buzzer-beater was made even more special by the fact the Lakers were wearing "Black Mamba" jerseys, which were designed by the late Bryant himself.

The Lakers are 3-0 in the playoffs this season when wearing the special black jerseys.

"He [Bryant] has hit countless shots like that to win games in regular season, playoffs, finals," Davis, who finished with 31 points, nine assists and six rebounds, said in the post-game press conference.

"It's a special one for me, a special one for my teammates. [...] It's a special one for the team, particularly in a situation like this, looking to go up 2-0 in the series against a special team full of great competitors, who are going to fight for the entire 48 minutes.

"To do something like that in the jerseys we wore tonight, it makes it even more special."

AD WINS IT AT THE BUZZER 🚨 pic.twitter.com/pcAe63xESj

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 21, 2020

Game winner. He said KOBE pic.twitter.com/khGiGDSk3Y

— Kobe Bryant Lakers Murals (@kobemurals) September 21, 2020

Davis was a major reason the Lakers were in a position to hit the buzzer-beater to begin with. The first overall pick of the 2012 draft scored 22 points in the second half, including the Lakers' final 10 points and described the game winner as the most important shot of his career.

"It's for sure the biggest shot of my career," he added.

"When I left [New Orleans] I just wanted to compete for a championship. I know moments like this come with it. Especially being in L.A., the biggest market in basketball."

For Lakers coach Frank Vogel, Davis' shot revived memories of some of Bryant's glorious exploits.

"That's a shot Kobe Bryant would hit," Vogel said. "To me, AD [Davis] coming off, just flying to the wing like that, catch-and-shoot with the biggest game on the line of our season, nothing but net, it's a Mamba shot."

Denver looked to have done enough to level the series thanks to Nikola Jokić's 30 points and nine rebounds, only to be denied. The Serbian was very philosophical when asked about Davis' buzzer-beater.

"Great players make great shots and he did it, so he's a really good player," Jokić, who scored 11 straight points down the stretch for Denver, said.

Game 3 is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with his teammates after hitting the game winner over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on September 20. Kevin C. Cox//Getty