Kobe Bryant explodes in epic duel with Wiggins, Sam Mitchell

Check this out, as Kobe Bryant bursts out in laughter after former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell says he hates the Lakers legend.

It turns out that Kobe Bryant still has some basketball left the tank.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend, who is set to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, was locked in Tuesday night, dropping a season-high 38 points in a highly-entertaining duel with up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Andrew Wiggins, who scored 30 points in 41 minutes in the loss.

It was undoubtedly the 37-year-old’s best performance of the season, going 10-of-21 from the field, including 7-of-11 three pointers with the Vaughan, Ont., native guarding him for most of the game.

“You’ve seen it for 20 damn years,” Bryant told local reporters in his post-game availability, via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “What are you impressed by?

While Bryant didn’t seem surprised by his individual effort, a few Timberwolves players were blown away.

“He’s the greatest of my generation,” Wiggins said (via ESPN). “He perfected the game of basketball.”

Bryant’s vintage effort happened to come against a familiar face as Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell was behind the Toronto Raptors’ bench when the Lakers guard scored a career-high 81 points in January of 2006.

After the game, Mitchell didn’t hold back his feelings.

The win helped the Lakers snap a 10-game losing streak, so maybe Bryant should return to his all-star form more often.

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