Kobe Bryant: 43 points(16 in the 4th), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 18-39 FG, 0-5 3PT, 7-10 FT
Paul Pierce: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 8-19 FG, 2-8 3PT, 8-11 FT
Another game, another 40 point performance by Kobe Bryant in his 2005-06 campaign. Coming off two heartbreaking losses in a row, the Lakers, in a dogfight with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets for the 7th and 8th seeds, desperately needed a victory. Despite very physical defense by the Boston Celtics and premier defender Tony Allen, Bryant was still able to muster up 43 points, oohing and aahing the crowd with dazzling trick shots and fadeaways left and right.