Sabrina Ionescu honors Kobe Bryant, hits game-winning 3 to start the WNBA season

(CNN) Sabrina Ionescu had a dream that this was coming.
On Friday, her first game back since a sprained ankle sidelined her for most of her rookie season in 2020, Ionescu hit a game-winning three with less than one second remaining to give the New York Liberty a 90-87 win over the Indiana Fever in the first game of the 25th WNBA season.
"I actually -- not going to lie at all -- dreamt about it last night," Ionescu told reporters after the game -- while wearing the Lakers jersey of the late Kobe Bryant, her friend and mentor.
"I try not to think about basketball too much the night before a game because I get nervous and don't sleep," Ionescu said.
"But I 100% had envisioned hitting a game winner.
So when we were tied, and walking into the huddle, I just was smiling because it was almost like too good to be true.
I was like, I'm going to hit this if the coaches draw up a play for me to get the ball.
"My coaches believed in me.
My team believed in me.
I was just ready for the moment.
I've been waiting a while to get back on the court.
I'm just so happy that we were able to get this win."
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