Remembering Kobe Bryant’s 50 Point Game Streak of 2007
We tend to live in the moment. The latest album by Kanye is one of the best albums ever until a week later when we realize it wasn’t even one of his best albums. Then a month goes by and we realize we forgot Kanye even released an album. We forgot because we were too consumed with learning the latest dance, using the latest app, watching the new best movie of the decade or bragging about how Steph Curry is scoring points like nobody in NBA history. Then a new dance goes viral, a better app comes out, someone reminds you of the hundred or so better films that came out in the last 10 years and then a Kobe Bryant fan says “that’s cute” when you talk about some current scoring streak. He then says, let’s flashback to March of 2007, starting with the date of 03.16.07.
65 VS THE BLAZERS
On the 16 of that March, Kobe Bryant celebrated the 35th anniversary of Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s only 50 point game by scoring 50 plus 15 more against the Blazers. It was Kobe’s 2nd highest scoring performance ever and his 3rd 60+ performance.
The stat that stands out the most in this game was his 8 of 12 from downtown, which included 3 clutch 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes of regulation.
Final Stats: 65pts, 7rebs, 3asts, 3stls (23-39 fg, 8-12 3pt, 11-12 ft)
50 VS THE WOLVES
After a much needed day of rest, Kobe faced off against KG and the Wolves, dropped 50 and became the first Laker with consecutive 50 points games since Elgin Baylor had 3 in a row back in 1962. It was also just the 3rd back-t0-back 50 point games in the last 10 years: Allen Iverson (2004) and Antawn Jamison (2000, which included a game where Kobe also scored 50) were the other two.
Final Stats: 50pts, 6rebs, 3asts, 3stls (17-35 fg, 4-9 3pt, 12-14 ft)
60 VS THE GRIZZLIES
4 days after celebrating his back-to-back 50 point games, Kobe Bryant tied Elgin Baylor’s 45 year old record and joined him, Wilt and MJ as the only players to ever score 50+ in 3 straight games after dropping 60 on the Memphis Grizzlies. The 60 was a franchise record against the Grizz and 4 more than his 56 – in just 3 quarters – against the club back in 2002.
If averaging 58.3 points a game over 3 wasn’t amazing enough, Bryant was also shooting 54% while scoring more than half the Lakers points during the streak.
Final Stats: 60pts, 5rebs, 4asts, 0stls (20-37 fg, 3-7 3pt, 17-18 ft)
50 VS THE HORNETS
1 night after making history against the Grizzlies, Kobe joined Wilt as the only player in NBA history with 4 consecutive 50 point games.
The best 3 of the 50 came in the 3rd quarter, when he told a kid on the sideline he was going to hit a 3 for him, then did it and gave the boy a high-five.
After the game, Kobe talked about his latest accomplishment and how it benefits the younger generation ignorant of the legends before him.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me to be in the same (category) with those guys,” Bryant said. “The coolest thing about it is this younger generation gets a chance to learn about Elgin Baylor, gets a chance to learn about Wilt Chamberlain and some of the things that they’ve accomplished, so that the legacy will continue to live on.”
Final Stats: 50pts, 7rebs, 1asts, 0stls (16-29 fg, 2-5 3pt, 16-16 ft)
THE STREAK ENDS…BARELY
All good things must come to an end and on march 25th – 9 days after the streak started – Kobe’s 50 point game streak ended….but barely. Bryant scored 17 in the first 9 minutes of the game and outscored Jason Richardson 43 to 9 as the Lakers extended their win streak to 5 by beating the Warriors by 2.
After the game, Warriors coach Don Nelson joked they “held him to 43, by God” and Bryant joked that he had an “off-night.”