NBA, We Reminisce / Mar 6, 2012 / 11:30 am

We Reminisce: Kobe’s 2 Weeks Of 50-Point Destruction In 2007

Since 1985 — and I’m using that date as a baseline because it’s as far back as basketball-reference.com’s game-log data goes — no one has matched a scoring streak quite like Bryant’s. It goes without saying you need to be efficient to pack in that many points in a game, but Bryant shot no lower than 49 percent in those four games. The most turnovers he had in that stretch was three, while playing at least 44 minutes.

It wasn’t chance that Williams scored his milestone game against Charlotte, the team that has the league’s worst point-differential and its fourth-worst opponent field-goal percentage. Even though the Nets’ breakout was the only game of even at least 40 points a player has had against the Charlotte D this year, it seems like it was only a matter of time. It was, however, fortuitous considering their owner, Michael Jordan, has a little perspective on big games himself.

Jordan had three games in a row of 50 in April of 1987, including a 61 in the season’s penultimate game.

Fast forward and you’ve got two more streaks to consider. Antawn Jamison had a two-game streak in 2000 and Allen Iverson had a two-game streak in 2004, too.

Williams plays Miami tonight, and if the All-Star doesn’t go for half a hundred again, it won’t diminish his stature as one of the NBA’s top three point guards currently. It only makes Bryant’s streak even more notable.

Where does Kobe’s streak rate in NBA history among the best scoring runs?

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  • Celts Fan

    I’m cutting the head off this before anyone gets dumb and forgets why you play. This was a great INDIVIDUAL run, BUT HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE MVP THAT YEAR. Nash won 60+ with Boris Diaw starting in place of Amare all year and made nobodies into somebodies and somebodies into millionaires. Kobe, meanwhile, tried to force a trade, openly called out and feuded with his teammates, and generally was the epitome of everything we don’t want our athletes to be, and I’m talking on the court. Kobe didn’t deserve the MVP that year. It was, undoubtedly, Nash’s, unless you really think Boris Diaw is a legit 18-9 starter on a 60 win team? No? Didn’t think so.

  • ML

    hate to burst your bubble dude, but wasn’t it dirk who won the MVP that season not kobe?? But i agree with you, Kobe didn’t deserve his MVP, that should have been CP3’s. He just got lucky with Pau.

  • sh!tfaced

    2007 is a looooooong time ago for a lakers’ or c’s fan…

  • Celts Fan

    @ML – it was Nash, and Laker fans been whining ever since that by being a selfish gunner and scoring so much, he deserved the MVP and Nash stole it by playing better for a better team that had lost Amare for the year.

  • Rainman

    @ Celt: cosign about the Nash-MVP comment.

  • K Dizzle

    Lol We talkin about an amazin feat of scoring n the haters still slither onto this page to try the usual.
    I’m a Laker fan. Did Nash deserve to win that mvp? Abso-phuckin-lutely! Was the NBA gonna let a floppy hair kid from Canada join the list of Larry Bird n Wilt as the only 3 time back-back-to back MVPs? Hell no!
    Does any of this have ANYTHNG to do with the numbers Kobe put up in this stretch?
    Hate on, kids!

  • K Dizzle

    Add Bill Russell to that list…

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    this is the reason kobe will be respected more when he retires.

    people forget about exploits like this mainly because dude is still playing and after each game, people will critique, most times unfairly, sometimes justly. when he walks away from the game, and people have the time to sit back and remember, they will realize he was truly, truly amazing with the things he could do with the basketball and how his overall game is something very unfathomable to wrap your mind around. time heals all wounds (maybe in kobe’s case most wounds), and down the line, people will look back at years like this where kobe displayed such greatness and the fans of the game will acknowledge that he truly belongs amongst the greatest of the greats without question.

  • oscarisalakerfan

    I don’t know where it ranks but all I got to say isKobe muthafuckin Bryant