Ballin’: Kobe Bryant

» November 26, 2008 1:12 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

On December 20th, 2005, Kobe Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters of play versus the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant shot 18-of-31 from the field, 4-of-10 from the three-point line, and 22-of-25 from the free-throw line. Bryant’s 62-point total is the third highest scoring game of his career.

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4 Responses to “Ballin’: Kobe Bryant”

  1. A-Train Says:

    That season Kobe was the best player in the league BY FAR. He put up one of the top-five best individual seasons ever and carried a grossly mediocre Lakers team to 45 wins and a playoff berth.

    I am not a Kobe Bryant fan. But I am still pissed off he didn’t win the MVP Award that year. He deserved it 100%.

    Instead, the NBA and its writers chose the highly likable, good-for-the-league Steve Nash. But damn if Kobe didn’t deserve it.

    In the game highlighted above, he scored 62 through three quarters as the 13-11 Lakers beat the 17-7 Mavericks. The Mavs would go on to the Finals.

    He single-handedly CARRIED the Lakers that year. As good as Nash was, he still had a strong supporting cast. One could even argue Boris Diaw’s amazing Phoenix debut saved the season following Amare Stoudemire’s season-ending injury. In 70 starts that year, Diaw averaged 14 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists on 53% shooting. In his 70 starts, the Suns were 49-22 (.690). In the 11 games he came off the bench, they were 5-6 (.454). He was HUGE.

    Despite having the second most first place votes, Kobe finished not only behind Nash but also LeBron and Dirk. Nash ran away with the award. I came to the conclusion these subjective awards are just as worthless as All-Star appearances.

    Kobe was the best player in the NBA that year… and it wasn’t even close.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    I think Kobe deserved it that season too. I still can’t believe the Lakers started Smush Parker and Kwame Brown for two seasons.

    I also agree that Diaw was a big part of Phoenix’s success that year. He’s very talented, he just hasn’t been consistent the past few seasons.

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