In his second game back from a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul, Bryant hit a game-winning 6-foot jump shot with 11.4 seconds left and exploded for 50 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to give the Lakers a 112-109 victory in front of 20,154 Saturday night at Staples Center. Bryant bombarded the Clippers with 40 points in the second half the second highest point total in a half in Laker history. He once scored 42 in a half in March 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I felt like this is a big game for us,” Bryant said. “There’s a lot being said in the papers about this game, and at halftime, I just tuned in. I said I’m going to over-will these guys. I’m just going to overpower them, go through them and send them a message.” As for his game-winning shot, he strangely pointed to an NFL quarterback to explain it. “I can’t fully take credit for that last move,” he said. “I stole it from Michael Vick, believe it or not.” Bryant’s game-winner snapped a 12-1 Clipper run that put the Clippers briefly up 109-108 with 25 seconds left when Elton Brand scored over the Lakers’ Kwame Brown. The Clippers had a possession down 110-109 after Bryant’s key jump shot, but a turnover from Shaun Livingston gave the Lakers’ Smush Parker an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Lakers up 112-109. If the Lakers and Clippers are connected this season as borderline playoff teams without serious chances of winning a championship, the Lakers at least have one thing the Clippers don’t: A show-stopping, logic-defying superstar with the ability to take over basketball games and do things that often border on impossible named Kobe Bryant. On the Clippers’ next possession, Cuttino Mobley made a 3-point shot that came well after the final buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime. Mobley finished with a season-high 36 points, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds. About Mobley’s near 3-pointer and the final possession with 4.4 seconds left, Livingston said, “That seemed like the clock ran fast. I felt like 4.4 seconds was more than it was, but it just ran down on us.” Although the Clippers battled from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to take the lead, they simply didn’t have an answer for Bryant. He also had a crowd-chanting 11-point barrage that included three 3-pointers in a 2-minute, 1-second span to start the fourth quarter to help void a 13-point lead by the Clippers in the third quarter. “For a time there, it was like he was on the court by himself,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. Bryant’s barrage subsided but had a ripple effect. He finished with 22 points in the fourth quarter, and helped Brian Cook, who had 16 points, get wide-open shots. “I tried to do everything I knew to do it,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of trying to stop Bryant. “We were sending guys out at him. We were double-teaming him. We had length on him. Guys had hands there. It’s not like he was getting uncontested shots. We did everything we could against him.” The Clippers scored 37 second-quarter points to go up 55-50 at halftime. If there truly is a battle for the Los Angeles this season, the Clippers took a big step back by losing for the ninth time in 12 games. They were trying for a fourth consecutive win over the Lakers and never beaten the Lakers three in a row in Clipper history until they won on Nov. 18 with a 97-91 victory. CLIPPERS/LAKERS NOTEBOOK: With his 48-point effort against the Sixers, Bryant became the youngest player ever to score 15,000 points in his career. The only players to accomplish the feat at age 27 are Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. … When Bryant and Parker combined to hit all 12 3-pointers they took Friday, it was the first time in NBA history two teammates were perfect from 3-point range, with each player taking at least five shots from beyond the arc. … The Clippers may have a better record than the Lakers, but with the Lakers’ storied past, there is probably no reasonable way for Los Angeles to become more of a “Clipper town” than “Laker town.” The numbers at the Staples Center turnstiles help show this. Through 15 home games, the Lakers had 11 sellouts. Saturday’s game officially was a Clipper home game, and it was just the Clippers’ third sellout of 15 home games. : Ross Siler contributed to the notebook 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!