Kobe Bryant 30 points 10-15 FG vs Wizards 2007-08 *19 in 1st





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Published on Feb 3, 2008

February 3rd, 2008
Verizon Center
Washington D.C.

Boxscore: http://www.nba.com/games/20080203/LAL...

Statline: 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 10-15 FG, 2-5 3pt, 8-11 FT

2 days after Pau Gasol was dealt to the Lakers and after Kobe Bryant scored 46 points vs the Raptors, it seemed as though adrenaline was still running through Kobe in the 1st quarter. Kobe scored the 4 quick points for the Lakers to start the 1st quarter. Playing like it was his last game, Bryant was very aggressive throughout the 1st quarter victimizing every defender who stood in his way in a full arsenal. He did it all in the 1st quarter, making cuts, posting up, getting to the foul line, and of course his perfected fadeaway. Even when someone else was scoring, it was created off of Bryant. Bryant made 6-8 of his shots in the 1st quarter including 6-6 from the foul line and a long three over Caron Butler to end the shot clock. Kobe delivered an entire game's worth of highlights in the 1st quarter as he scored 19 points and completely outscored the Washington Wizards 19 to 15. Just Kobe's pressence alone received more cheers than made baskets by the Wizards in the 1st quarter. 5 different defenders were thrown at Kobe, none was a success. Stevenson drew 3 fouls in the 1st quarter trying to guard Kobe, Nick Young drew 3 fouls before the half, and Caron Butler never was able to slow him down.

Said Deshawn Stevenson on Kobe's rampage: "He took us out of the game. We were passive. We weren't trying to attack. That's not like us.

Fed up, Eddie Jordan and the Washington Wizards were determined not to let Kobe go off the remainder of the game. After the 1st quarter, Kobe was doubled by Washington every time on the catch. Whether Kobe was 30 feet from the basket or whether he was in the post, no time was Kobe ever allowed to score on single coverage. However even their hardest doubles could not match Bryant's passing, on court awareness, and intelligence. Bryant helped the Lakers to a 24 point cushion at the end of 3 while playing a team game.

In the 4th quarter, the Washington Wizards made a surge and the Lakers were out of sync offensively. Kobe Bryant was put back in the game and facing the same double teams, Bryant jumpstarted his team shooting and swishing a fadeaway three straightaway against the double team. His leadership on the court helped the Lakers hold on to the lead as they went on to win 103-91.

Other Notes: Before the game, Nick Young testified that Kobe Bryant was the greatest basketball player of all time. When asked on who the greatest of all time was, he responded, "Kobe. Kobe's the man."

One field goal in the 3rd quarter is missing.

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