Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis underlined his team wants to win every time they wear the alternative "Black Mamba" uniforms, which the great Kobe Bryant helped design several years before his tragic death.
On Sunday, the Lakers -- wearing the Black Mamba uniforms -- beat the Denver Nuggets 105-103 in Game 2 to take a comfortable 2-0 lead in their Western Conference Finals series. The Lakers were down by one before Davis knocked down a game-winning three-pointer over Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to give the Lakers the win.
After a clutch game-winner, Davis shouted only one word: "Kobe!" Earlier this year, Lakers legend Bryant and his 13-year-old Gianna tragically lost their life in a helicopter crash. "Obviously we're representing him," Davis said post-game, per ESPN.
"Especially in those jerseys, it's his jersey, one he created, and any time we put it on, we want to win."
LeBron James believed in Davis
Davis was shooting 10 of 22 from the field before he knocked down the game-winner.
James told Davis to go for it on the last play if he gets open. "It's not about making a shot. It's about having a belief of just taking it, for one, and living with the result," James said. "He was down on himself, but at the end of the day, I told him, if you're open, [shoot it] ...
It's just the confidence to take the shot." Lakers guard Rajon Rondo did a great job of finding Davis from the inbounds. "I think I made eye contact with every player on my team on that play," Rondo said.
"My first look was Kenny [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] backdoor. That wasn't there. Danny [Green] backdoor. That wasn't there. Bron and I looked eye-to-eye, but he didn't move, and then I saw AD coming on the outside and just tried to get it to him on time, on target.
I had Joker on me, so obviously, I couldn't throw the lob pass, and he did the rest." Meanwhile, Lakers coach Frank Vogel underlined the Lakers want to Bryant's memory. "We want to embody what Kobe Bryant stood for and honor his memory.
Obviously, there are certain games where we are going to feel it a little bit more than others," Vogel said. "When we have that uniform on, I think we feel it more than others. That's a shot Kobe Bryant would hit.
"To me, AD 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."