Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  27 responses

Kobe Bryant Lights Up Portland for 47 Points (VIDEO)

Mamba makes no excuses.

In yet another must-win game for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant delivered a heroic performance — 47 points in 48 minutes (on the second night of a back-to-back) for the 34-year old legend, setting a Rose Garden scoring record for a visiting opponent. The Lakers escaped Portland with a 113-106, inching ever closer to a Playoff spot. Per the LA Daily News: “He’s just determined to get us into the playoffs,’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. ‘That’s what happens when you open your mouth and guarantee we’ll get in the playoffs. Now he’s got to do it.’ Bryant became the first player in NBA history to record 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in a game. He reached such a feat despite averaging 45.66 minutes in the past six games. ‘You don’t look for excuses,’ Bryant said. ‘You don’t wait for anybody else to try to make rotations. You do it yourself. By doing that, it sets an example for everybody else to do the same thing.’ But this was hardly the case of Bryant continuing of bailing out a team lacking offensive chemistry. He had a familiar teammate to rely on with Pau Gasol, who posted 23 points on 11 of 15 shooting in 39 minutes. Though Dwight Howard posted 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting, most of the play centered around Bryant and Gasol. ‘That’s been working for us really well,’ said Gasol, who’s averaged15.8 points on 54.7 percent shooting and nine rebounds in the previous five games. ‘We have to stick it with it especially down the stretch. It’s pretty unstoppable.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    Lol man they should lose the 8th seed on purpose. If Kobe needs more than 40 against a none play off team imagine what he has to do against OKC ohh man lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Let me get this straight….

    It took Kobe playing 48 minutes, and posting astronomical numbers, and Dwight and Pau having great games for the Lakers to barely eek by a Blazers team that was severely underhanded? NBA championship, here we come!

    Watching last night’s game, I was impressed with the Lakers defense in the second half (spear headed by Kobe, believe it or not), but still…this (winning games) is so much of a struggle that its strange.

  • bike

    This psycho team might just fool the hell out of everyone should they make the playoffs.

    Kobe Motherf*in Bryant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    kobe should win MVP…lord stern..make it happen!!!

  • AiRsMiTh

    Stop it Kobe. I can’t root for you, but I cannot deny my respect. He’s had a pretty remarkable season amidst all the turmoil.

  • RayJr

    4 blocks and 3 steals…so he doesn’t play defense huh? Kobe hater or not everyone has to say last night was another amazing game from him. Can’t deny it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Its one game…

  • LLC#12

    Its not strange, its called the rest of the team being useless. On most other teams, Dwight and Pau’s games on their own would have got the W. Look at the boxscore, asides from Kobe, Pau and Dwight, its a lesson in “how not to contribute”. The rest of the team only managed 23 points between them.

  • Joanne Smith

    my roomates sister makes $77/hour on the laptop. She has been unemployed for 10 months but last month her pay check was $15324 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more, Big31.com

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    Portland intentionally lose this by putting Babbitt and pavlovic on him

  • robb

    bad D during the first quarters. Like you said, during the second half they defended well, but even then it fluctuates too much. They play solid D during 4 minutes, then they relax for 1:30 minutes and they blow up 10 point leads. Inconsistency on D is their biggest problem because it drains them, it puts more pressure on the offense to get leads back.

  • robb

    Lillard’s a mini beast! I was very impressed, I already was but he played great.

  • shockexchange

    Got any highlights of Horry Jr’s 18 free throw attempts? Heck, the Blazers only took 20.

  • Conor

    And the Lakers only took 24, so your point is irrelevant. If it wasn’t Kobe, it would have been Howard.

  • LakeShow

    I agree with both of you lol.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange’s point is that the refs are “carrying” Horry Jr. He has shot more FT’s this season than at any point in his career, yet he doesn’t drive as much or play with as much reckless abandon as he did years earlier.

  • Ben Ireland

    It’s Kobe… He’ll try and average 120 for the series if he has to… He won’t… But he’ll try and it’ll be fun as hell to watch.

  • MasterSplinter

    He reminds me of Tyreke Evans when he first came in to the league.

  • Kadavour

    no he reminds me of Chauncey Billups with his unflinching confidence in his pull up trey. He will be a better version of Chaunc’

  • playa

    ummm what…? Have you been watching nba for the last 2 years only? I know you are a poster that can’t be taken entirely seriously but if you have no idea what you are talking about, check nba com first,then talk.

  • Xena

    I agree with you about the 18 free throw attempts based on the fact that (1) Portland took 20 as a team (2) La took 24 as a team took (3) Many of the fouls he was given were minimal contact at best (4) Portland is not a physical team and they did not stray away from that norm last night and (5) He`s averaging a little under 8 attempts a game (so he was 10 FTs over his average). But Kobe has averaged more than 8 free throw attempts per game several seasons prior to this one. (basketball-reference.com)

  • RayJr

    lol Yeah but better late than never and so people can shut up for a few days about his defense

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    MVP…hand down..man down!!!

  • KingBenjamin

    I was at the game last night, amazing performance by Kobe.

  • shockexchange

    (Romello Skuggs voice from Sugar Hill) “Lolly, is there a point to this?”

  • LakeShow

    He’s gotten the same or more FTA’s in 8 other seasons.

  • shockexchange

    The last time the Shock Exchange checked (few months ago), he was shooting over 8 FTs per game and had only surpassed that amount once in his career. Not to split hairs but Horry Jr shoots a lot more jumpers than he did earlier in his career and he also play with less reckless abandon. However, he shoots more FTs than earlier in his career – HORRY JR IS BEING “CARRIED” BY THE REFS.