08:06 AM ET 02.06 | For one moment Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Kobe Bryant rose above it all. [Bryant] had some fun with a rim-rattling dunk he treated the world to when he drove the lane and scored between two defenders and defied age, a sore elbow and the toll of 17 NBA seasons. "After a play like that, you really can't grab your arm," Bryant said. "You're messing up the swag of the moment. You've got to kind of suck it up for a while." That's what [Dwight Howard] will have to do now, Bryant hinted. Suck it up. Asked if [Pau Gasol's] injury would apply pressure for Howard to return to the lineup, Bryant said, "Maybe." ... "When you have an injury that hurts you, but you can play through, that's something that you have to balance out and manage."