2006: Kobe Scores 40 2nd Half Points, Hits Game Winner Vs The Clippers
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Have you ever heard a Kobe Bryant story like this: Bryant sucked in the first half and went off in the second?
On January 7th of 2006, Kobe gave us one of those stories, when he went off for 40 second-half points after scoring 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 three 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.”
Need more drama?
How about this game came right after a pissed-off, 48-point performance against the 76ers. Why was he pissed in that game? He was coming off a two-game suspension for elbowing Mike Miller in a loss.
“Very surprised. Shocked, actually. Very, very surprised,” Bryant said after hearing about his suspension. “Angry and frustrated. I’ve been hit with a couple of flagrant fouls already this year. I’ve been hit with a clothesline and no suspensions come of that. And I get two games for this?”
He followed up these two performances with this insane scoring stretch.
- 45 PTS, 10 REB vs Pacers
- 41 PTS vs Blazers
- 27 PTS vs Cavs (LeBron)
- 38 PTS vs Warriors
- 37 PTS vs Heat
- 51 PTS vs Kings
- 37 PTS vs Suns
- 81 PTS vs Raptors
KOBE VS MIKE MILLER