Ten years ago today, the soon-to-be-retired Kobe Bryant annihilated another hapless team with a then-career-high-setting shooting display.
On December 20, 2005 (USA time), The Black Mamba decided to take it to the unsuspecting Dallas Mavericks, outscoring the visiting team by his lonesome, 62-61.
What's more impressive about the eye-popping feat is that he did it in just THREE QUARTERS, specifically 33 minutes of playing time. (The game's actual score was 95-61, in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers.)
Check out this unreal highlight reel of all of Kobe's converted baskets that night, uploaded by the NBA's YouTube channel to commemorate the prolific scoring milestone:
At that point, the Lakers were already up by 34 points so it was understandable why Kobe called it a night. Or was that Coach Phil Jackson's doing?
Had he not sat out the final quarter, Bryant could've set his eventual career-high a month earlier, or even eclipsed it. That's right, a little over a month after this explosive showing, Kobe set the second-highest scoring total in NBA history—dropping an unbelievable 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006.
Just one of the many things we'll surely miss about The Black Mamba when he hangs it all up at season's end...
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