January 22nd: Comparing Kobe’s 81 To The Lakers Worst Loss In Franchise History
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Many Lakers fans spent the first half of Sunday either praising God or praising basketball God Kobe Bryant since it was the 11-year anniversary of his 81-point masterpiece against the Raptors. These same Lakers fan spent the second half of the day cursing the current Lakers as they took a franchise-worst 49-point beatdown by the Mavs and scored eight fewer points than Kobe did by himself back in 2006.
“We didn’t show up to play,” Said current Lakers coach Luke Walton, who also witnessed Kobe’s 81 as a teammate. “It’s embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization. The effort just wasn’t there tonight, which I don’t understand.”
I can’t explain how the Mavs beat the Lakers 122-73 or how Kobe scored 81 but I can have some fun and compare the two.
- TOTAL POINTS: Kobe 81 | Lakers 73
- 1st QUARTER POINTS: Kobe 14 | Lakers 22
- 2ND QUARTER POINTS: Kobe 12 | Lakers 11
- 3RD QUARTER POINTS: Kobe 27 | Lakers 22
- 4TH QUARTER POINTS: Kobe 28 | Lakers 18
- FIELD GOALS: Kobe 28-45 | Lakers 28-73
- 3-POINTERS: Kobe 7-13 | Lakers 3-21
- FREE THROWS: Kobe 18-20 | Lakers 14-17
- ASSISTS: Kobe 1 | Lakers 11
- STEALS: Kobe 3 | Lakers 3
What makes the Lakers sixth loss in their past seven games sound even more painful, is the loss came against the Mavs – a franchise Kobe Bryant once outscored over three quarters by himself. And that game happened a few weeks before he dropped 81 on the Raptors.