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Let’s get Damian Lillard out of the way. The very impressive future rookie of the year joined Jordan, LeBron and Jason Kidd as the only rookies to ever rack up 38 points 8 assists and 3 steals in a game (I love these odd stats). Add 1 assist to that feat and you have Lillard’s great stat line that wasn’t enough to stop the Blazer’s nine game losing streak.
They can thank Kobe Bryant for keeping that streak alive. Kobe had a season high 47 in 48 minutes on 14-27 shooting from the field and 18-18 from the foul line. Just like the night before against the Hornets, it was Kobe time in the 4th quarter. Down by 5 in the 4th, Kobe personally outscored the Blazers 16-5 during a 5 minute stretch. Unlike the game against the Hornets, Kobe was hot throughout the whole game. He had 28 of his 47 at halftime (Lillard had 25). The 47 is also a Rose Garden opponent record that had Portland fans yelling “MVP!”
The Lakers moved a game up on the Jazz for the 8th playoff spot but from the sound of Kobe it looks like we might be seeing 3 more great nights before the playoffs start with or without the Lakers.
“We’ve got no breathing room at all,” “I’m still on edge. We’ve got to win three more games and we’re in.” – Kobe
Coach D’Antoni’s take on Kobe’s recent “phenomenal” play.
“That’s what happens when you open your mouth and guarantee that we’ll get in the playoffs.”
After the game Lillard and Kobe took to Twitter to salute each other.
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