People on Twitter love to call me a Kobe hater but nothing could be further from the truth. When it comes to Kobe I'm objective and when he needs to be criticized I'll do it and when he needs to be praised I'll do that to. Kobe played one of the best games I've ever seen him play lately last night and he didn't even score over 20 points. He took over the game late off his reputation alone as in the closing minutes the Lakers went do their high post iso for Kobe as they normally do in the clutch. Every single time Kobe got the ball the Nuggets either doubled or helped very aggressively. What impressed me about Kobe last night was that instead of forcing bad shots (even though he possibly could have even made them) he made the right basketball play time in time again as he moved the ball and passed to open teammates. He only had 17 points but I've never been so impressed with what I saw from Kobe. He played 45 minutes and only took 16 shots 7 of which he made so he was fairly efficient. But even more impressive than that was the 8 assist. The 8 assist don't even tell the whole story because he also made great passes to players who kept the ball moving and lead to assist for other players. Kobe also played great on defense especially in the 4th when he stepped up and shut down Ty Lawson who was killing them. Kobe might not be in his prime anymore or the best player in the league anymore but he's still an elite player and a winner and he played like a true champion last night. You can say it was just Nuggets and maybe your right but from calling all of his teammates out after game 6 to getting them all involved in game 7 and not trying to do it by himself Kobe showed why he's a great player and a great leader as he pushed all the right buttons to win this game.