In 2007, Kobe Bryant scored 50+ points in 4 matches in a row, something only another legend, Wilt Chamberlain did.
In the US, March is often associated with the word “crazy” (March Madness), used to refer to the dramatic and unexpected knockout of NCAA. However, in 2007 there was another “madness” called Kobe Bryant.
That year, in the snow days up to 14cm thick, the legend of the LA Lakers blazing with 4 consecutive games scored at least 50 points. In NBA history, only one other person did this, “record king” Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt was also the only person to score more points in a match than Kobe.
In all four matches, the Los Angeles Lakers won when Black Mamba finished with a performance of up to 54%. 13 years later, the legendary number 8 and 24 of the Golden – Purple team retired and no longer exist, but he could not witness any juniors catching up to his own record.
3/16/2007, LA Lakers 116 – 111 Portland Trail Blazers
Kobe Bryant: 65 points, 23-39 FG, 8-12 3ptFG
Prior to hosting the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers received seven consecutive defeats, the worst series in LA by legendary strategist Phil Jackson. Negative emotions disappeared after Kobe Bryant‘s crazy fourth quarter.
After scoring 32 points in the first three innings, Bryant dropped another 24 points in the fourth half to pull the match into extra time. At the extra time, the pitcher born in 1978 scored 9 points to help the home team win with a 5 point difference.
March 18, 2007, LA Lakers 109 – 102 Minnesota Timberwolves
Kobe Bryant: 50 points, 17-35 FG, 4-9 3ptFG
“He has played more teammates, but there is not enough time this season to develop that style of play,” Phil Jackson told AP before the match against the Minnesota Timberwolves, suggesting Kobe Bryant could solve the match from early instead of waiting until the 4th and extra periods to score more than 30 points.
The message was concretized with 14 points in the first 8 minutes of the match. The strength of Kobe Bryant helped the Lakers create a gap of up to 17 points and maintain the advantage until the end of the match. 2 consecutive games scoring 50+ points made Black Mamba the first Lakers player to do this since Elgin Baylor. For the next decade, only Antawn Jamison (2000) and Allen Iverson (2004) did the same thing.
3/22/2007, Memphis Grizzlies 119 – 121 LA Lakers
Kobe Bryant: 60 points, 20-37 FG, 3-7 3ptFG, 17-18 FT
The player born in 1978 became the fourth name in history to score at least 50 points in three consecutive games, after Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Michael Jordan. “It’s special because this is also 3 wins. As a child, I idolized both Wilt, Elgin and MJ. It was a great honor to stand next to them in the record books,” Kobe told AP.
A little coincidence, Pau Gasol scored 35 points for the Grizzlies in that match. Perhaps this is the moment that Black Mamba noticed his future teammate with him won two rings of the 2009 NBA Championship, 2010.
March 23, 2007, Charlotte Hornets 105 – 111 LA Lakers
Kobe Bryant: 50 points, 16-29 FG, 16-16 FT
In the third round, Kobe Bryant talked to a boy on the sidelines and promised to make 3 points for him. He not only did 1 but 2 times – 2 throws 3 points only success in the match.
With 50 points in the basket of Charlotte Hornets, Kobe marked a legendary milestone, becoming the second NBA player in history to score 50+ points in 4 consecutive games, after Wilt Chamberlain. What did Bryant care about after going down in history? To remind young fans of respect for the previous generation.
“From our pedigree like Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and their accomplishments, the younger generation like us have had the opportunity to experience. The legacy they leave will live on.”
March 25, 2007, a series of Kobe Bryant history matches were stopped.
Kobe Bryant failed to replicate his 50-point achievement against a tight defensive Golden State Warriors. Coach Don Nelson joked that thanks to their superior, they were able to pull the current MVP back to the ground. The Lakers star jokingly said, “This night is on holiday.”
Kobe’s teammates were responsible for scoring. Lamar Odom had 24 points, Smush Parker scored 13 points, and the reserve team contributed a total of 25 points, helping the LA Lakers narrowly win 115-113.
What about Kobe Bryant? 43 points, including 17 points in the first 9 minutes of the match.
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