Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. Kobe Bryant set the points record at the current Madison Square Garden with his 61-point effort against the Knicks on Monday night. The previous record was held by the Knicks own Bernard King when he scored 60 points on Christmas Day almost 25 years ago in 1984. The previous opponent player’s high score was Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls who knocked down 55 points in one of his classic games at the Garden.
Kobe scored 61 points and dished out 3 assists, but he had no rebounds. He was 19 of 31 from the field, and he also hit all 20 of his free throws. It was the highest scoring game by any player in the NBA this season. It was Kobe’s 5th 40-point game against the Knicks at the Garden and it was his 24th 50-point game in his career.
As for the game and some other “good” performances. The Lakers’ Pau Gasol scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The Knicks’ David Lee turned in another great night – 22 points and 12 rebounds. Al Harrington led the Knicks with 24 points, while Wilson Chandler chipped in 20 points off the bench.
The Lakers are now 38-9. With the .809 winning percentage, the Lakers trail only the Boston Celtics by percentage points – 40-9, .816 winning percentage.
Here’s a quick NBA wrap from some big games on Tuesday night:
The Cavaliers beat the Bucks 99-93 behind Lebron James’ big night – 41 points, 5 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals. The Cavs are now 6-2 on the year.
The Lakers stayed unbeaten with a 106-99 over the Mavs on the road in Dallas. The Lakers improved to 6-0 on the season behind Kobe Bryant’s 27 points.
The Hawks also stayed unbeaten with a 113-108 win over the Bulls in Chicago. The Hawks improved to 6-0, while rookie Bulls guard Derrick Rose turned in a spectacular night – 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The Bulls fell to 3-5.