(2006) Gilbert Arenas Wins Shootout With Kobe Bryant, 60-45!
Forget the locker room shoot out. When I think about shoot outs and Agent Zero, I think about December 17th of 2006: the day Arenas dropped 60 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in a 147-141 OT win. Kobe, who was coming off a 53 point game, wasn’t too bad either – he had 45 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
The 60 by Arenas was not only a career-high, but a franchise high, beating Earl Monroe’s 56. It was also the first time a player dropped 60 on the Lakers since Wilt did it 40 years earlier in 66. Arenas’16 points in OT is also a NBA record and after the game he didn’t sound too shocked at what he accomplished.
“It was bound to happen,” Arenas said. “I’m a scorer, so I was going to have one of those days where I was clicking. Most of the time when I’ve scored 46 in three quarters, we were blowing the other team out, so I didn’t get to play in the fourth.
“But tonight was that time. It was a close game and I stayed in. I found the rhythm, especially in the fourth quarter and in overtime, and I never looked back.”
Even the master of making awful shots look good was impressed with Arenas’ shots.
“Some of the shots he took tonight, you miss those, they’re just terrible shots, just awful,” said Kobe. ” You make them and they’re unbelievable shots.”
KOBE & GILBERT
The two scoring machines have had a lot of great battles against each other and in 2012 – when most teams weren’t willing to touch a free agent Arenas – they almost became teammates. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack met with Arenas during a private workout and Kobe Bryant was all on board to bringing Hibachi in.
“Sure,” responded Bryant when asked about the Lakers adding Arenas to the roster. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”
It never did happen but over the past 4 years, Gilbert has shared his fondness for Kobe quite a few times on social media. The most known time is when he posted a lengthy instagram post explaining why LeBron will never be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
As cool as it is to hear Gilbert show how much he respects Kobe’s game, it was a lot cooler watching him try to disrespect Kobe on the court.
THE OTHER ARENAS SHOOTOUT
There is one other shootout Gilbert was involved in that I love and was actually lucky enough to witness in person: Agent Zero vs TMac at the Hurricane Katrina relief game.