2006: Kobe Scores 40 2nd Half Points, Hits Game Winner Vs The Clippers
Have you ever heard a Kobe story like this: Bryant sucked in the first half and just went off in the 2nd?
On January 7th of 2006, Kobe gave us one of those stories when he went off for 40 points in the 2nd half after just 10 (on 2 of 12 shooting) in the first half. If that story wasn’t entertaining enough, he also flirted with a triple double and hit the game-winner against the Clippers – winners of the last 3 meetings between the LA teams.
“I had a lot of people who are friends of mine calling me, saying, `You guys have to win the game because I’m going to have to hear all this blah, blah, blah,” Bryant said. “So I’m getting it from all sides. I mean, I can’t go to the (coffee shop) without people talking about it. So when that happens, you want to step up and have a good showing.”
Still want more drama? How about this game came right after a 48-point pissed-off performance against the 76ers. Why was he pissed? He was coming off a 2-game suspension for elbowing Mike Miller in a loss.