Kobe Bryant has never been shy about admitting that he’s a “loser” after the Lakers lost a game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bryant finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, but the Los Angeles Lakers lost their eighth straight game to fall to 3-6.
With the Lakers outscored 20-2 in the fourth quarter, Bryant went 3 of 12 from the field.
The game marked the second time in his career he was held to less than seven points.
“You know what?
It’s one of those things that, when you lose, it’s not like I’m going to take it out on myself,” Bryant said.
“I know I have to step up.
I’m not going to just take it from me.
I have a lot of guys around me that have to do that.
You know what I’m saying?
So it’s just going to be, like, what can I do better?”
Lakers coach Byron Scott called it a “win,” but Bryant wasn’t sure if the loss was the right one.
“I don’t know,” Bryant joked.
“It’s hard to take anything away from a team that is so good, but to be able to lose the game you just can’t take.”
The loss was Los Angeles’ fifth in a row, dating back to their win against the Minnesota Timberwolves in October 2016.
The Lakers lost five of six after that game.
Bryance had 21 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers.
Los Angeles is on the brink of a fourth straight season with a 20-game winning streak.
They were 12-4 against the Lakers last season and won nine of 10 in Los Angeles.
New Orleans (8-11) had the game’s first 15 points before the Lakers pulled away.
Rookie Anthony Davis scored a season-high 29 points for the Pelicans, who shot just 42 percent in the first half.
Davis has averaged 26.6 points and 11.2 assists in the past five games.
Davis was 5 of 7 from the floor for five points and eight rebounds in the loss.
The Pelicans shot a season low 33.3 percent in Monday’s 102-95 loss at Atlanta.
New Orleans had lost seven straight and 10 of 12.
Davis said he thinks he’s on track to be a starter in the league.
“Yeah, I think I am,” Davis said.
“(The injury) could have been a blessing in disguise.
I can play, but I’m still a young kid and I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on with me.
Hopefully, it will be better next time.”
The Pelicans have lost six straight and nine of 11 overall.
New York has won seven of 10 overall and has won 11 of 15 at home.