(2001) Stephon Marbury Scores Career-High 50 Vs Kobe & The Lakers
On this night, Stephon Marbury scored a career-high 50 — making him the first New Jersey player to score 50 since Ray Williams had 52 against the Detroit Pistons ways back in April of 1982 — with 12 assists in a 113-110 overtime loss to the NBA champion Lakers.
“He’s always been a great player,” Said Shaquille O’Neal about Starbury. “He probably should have been an All-Star the last four years. With the new rules, you can’t stop him.”
Kobe Bryant scored 38 and was looking for a little revenge since this game took place just a few days after Marbury knocked down a pair of big threes for the winning East Team in one of the best and most competitive All-Star games ever.
The former NYC high school legend and two-time All-Star rarely gets enough credit for being one of the most talented point guards of the late 90s and early 00s. Here’s a few cool videos of Starbury, who would go on to become a basketball legend and three-time champion in China.