Monday's Lakers Links: Fusionetics treatment a key for Bryant

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant credits his Fusionetics treatment for getting him through the season: The searing pain in Kobe Bryant’s back left him struggling to walk. He sat in a cold tub nearly all night, but his back still felt tight. He rested hours leading into tipoff, but he still felt stiff. So in a season in which he hoped he could log all 82 games, Bryant did the unthinkable. He sat on the bench when the Lakers visited Miami in late November. The same thing happened the next day in Orlando. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has throwback game in 130-110 loss to Rockets: The boos serenaded around the arena, representing the sound Kobe Bryant once heard in most opposing arenas. That noise has mostly vanished during Bryant’s farewell tour that will soon end. Yet, the boos represented part of the soundtrack in Bryant’s final appearance here during the Lakers’ 130-110 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday at Toyota Center for a different reason. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Shortage of victories overshadows D'Angelo Russell's and Julius Randle's stats: The handful of impressive stats are there for D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. The victories aren't. It's hard to commend one without the other. Russell has set a Lakers rookie record with 130 three-pointers and Randle leads all second-year NBA players with 34 double-doubles. -- Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant has 35 points in Lakers' 130-110 loss to Houston: Lakers fans have long memories. It wasn't surprising to hear Dwight Howard get booed in his home arena. Nor was it shocking that at least half the crowd wore Lakers colors Sunday. Kobe Bryant's career is that close to ending. -- Los Angeles Times

Kobe's farewell to Houston one to cherish: After Kobe Bryant got the lean on Trevor Ariza with a sweet crossover and head fake, he could have flown past the Rockets' best defender off the dribble. Instead, he eschewed the available drive to the basket, stepped back a notch or two and pulled up from outside the 3-point line. A 28-footer. Bryant held his right wrist high, in the "just fired" position for an extra beat. -- Houston Chronicle

Bryant, Lakers return to glory with Gasol: He was the alpha Laker, and part of the accompanying persona was an intense, self-prescribed seclusion from matters that did not directly contribute to winning. His friendships were born out of respect and intensity. -- The Orange County Register

Bryant turns in vintage performance, scoring 35 points in 130-110 loss to Houston: The clock always hits zero. Over 20 years, Bryant has packed so many memories into the moments right before it does. Of course he had the ball at the end of the third quarter on Sunday. He fooled his friend and former teammate, Trevor Ariza, with a crossover and buried a 28-footer with three seconds left. -- The Orange County Register