(2005) Kobe Outscored The Entire Mavs team 62-61 After 3 Quarters
On this day back in 2005, the Lakers beat the Mavs 112-90 behind 62 points from Kobe Bryant. The most shocking thing about the 62 from the 27-year-old Bryant was the 62 came in just 32 minutes in three quarters and was one more point than the total points by the entire Dallas Mavs team.
“I was very angry, I felt like I wanted to come out and send a message, that we’re going to dominate at home,” said Bryant who was still upset over a loss to the Rockets. “We’re going to hit you, we’re going to bring it to you. I wanted to send that message.”
The message was felt from the get-go as Kobe scored 15 in the first quarter, 17 in the second and then a franchise-record 30 in the third.
“I just felt like I could continue to attack these guys,” Bryant said. “It was just determination, take it to them. It’s definitely the best scoring game I’ve ever had.”
The crowd started cheering “We want Kobe” at the end to see what was left in Kobe’s bag of tricks but he didn’t play another minute in the game and said afterwards “There was no reason for me to go back in.”
This was before his 81-point masterpiece against the Raptors and considering how hot he was in this game, I always wondered if he would have been able to reach 80 if he would have played the final quarter. I’m sure he would have managed 10, which is all he needed to break Elgin Baylor’s then franchise record of 71.
KLAY THOMPSON 60 IN 29 MINUTES
On December 5th of 2016, Klay Thompson also pulled off 60 in 3 quarters by scoring a career-high 62 points in just 29 minutes vs the Pacers.