Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant took one look at the Nets defense and decided to, if only for a moment, turn back time.

The Lakers’ veteran dribbled to his right. The 34-year-old accelerated, taking flight as he reached the middle of the lane. Bryant reached back and finished the play with a ferocious right-handed dunk over Nets’ defenders Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.

By the time Bryant’s feet reunited with the Barclays Center floor, the building was roaring at its loudest decibel level of the night. Later, there would be chants of MVP for the visiting Bryant.

“From my perspective, it’s pretty damn cool,” Bryant said with a wide grin of his reception. “I enjoyed it immensely.”

Yes, it was a strange night in Brooklyn.

Bryant and the Lakers wrestled the spotlight away from the Nets on their home floor, claiming a 92-83 win. Bryant took the leading role finished with 21 points and eight rebounds – including two key baskets in the final three minutes.

More importantly after a stunningly inept first half of the season, the Lakers are beginning to show signs of a pulse. Los Angeles (23-26) has won six-out-of-seven.

Their success during that stretch, has been largely based on Bryant’s generosity with the basketball. Midway through his 17th season, Bryant – a notorious volume shooter – is looking to pass more than any other time in his illustrious career. That also played a role in Bryant’s tomahawk dunk with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter, which gave the Lakers an 82-80 lead.

“I was pretty shocked that the lane was so wide open,” Bryant said. “I think everybody’s been drinking the Kobe-pass Kool-Aid, so everybody just stayed on the perimeter with the shooters. It just parted like the Red Sea, so I felt a little like Moses.”