Kobe Bryant 40 points 13 rebounds 8 assists vs Minn. 2006-07




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Published on Oct 12, 2007

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This was Kobe Bryant's only good game since the 6 game losing streak in February. Kobe was in a slump, getting no rhythm in his offensive game because he was over passing. He could not get into his scoring mode during the slump.

But in the 1st half, Kobe appeared to repeat that in the 1st half of the game. In the 2nd half, Kobe found his stroke making shots from everywhere on the court. He made 5 straight jumpshots at one point shooting against the very athletic Ricky Davis forgetting the facilitator garbage. The Lakers went on to have a comfortable margin after 3. But a poor coaching decision benching Kobe at the start of the 4th gave the Timberwolves a 10-0 run in under 3 minutes of play in the 4th quarter. They would grind it out until late in the 4th Kobe commited the infamous "unnatural basketball act" on a follow through to Marko Jaric. Then Phil's lack of inbounds plays began to cost the Lakers the game as the Wolves brought the game to OT.

With 1 minute to play in the 1st overtime, the Wolves led 103-102. But there was the ultimate confidence and swagger of Kobe Bryant. He somehow had the courage to take a long 3 in the face of 2 defenders and swished it. But Phil's lack of inbounds playbook designs cost LA the overtime once again. It became an even bigger problem in the 2nd overtime as the Lakers couldn't even get the ball to Kobe. As a result, the Lakers scored 2 points the 2nd overtime and the Wolves won 117-107.

Other notes: This was capped by revgen so I could not get the horrible inbounds plays

extra tags: marko jaric spurs manu ginobili unnatural stu jackson david stern refs


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