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Video: Watch Kobe Bryant drop 48 on Phoenix

Jan 11, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant is an aging jump shooter with bad knees and a sore wrist and… well, it sure didn’t look anything like that on Tuesday. Kobe got to his spots on the floor against the Suns (Grant Hill can’t handle him), was feeling it and dropped 48 on Phoenix to power a Lakers win.

Half of Kobe’s made buckets were outside 15 feet, but they mostly came from spots on the wing or elbow where he is very comfortable. He also got a lot of buckets out of the post on both sides, where he has fantastic footwork and is hard to handle. Oh, and there were some impressive dunks as well. Kobe is feeling just fine, thank you very much. We’ll save talk of the Lakers needing to run their offense through their big men for another day.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Kobe is nowhere near as explosive as he used to be, but this was a vintage KB8 game… that alley oop was the nail in the coffin. Was a fun game to watch. Definitely made me miss Shannon Brown.

  2. deshackle - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    He took a disproportionate 31 shots, so yeah, sure was a vintage KB8 game. Score 48 off 20 shots and I’d be impressed.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Kobe got to the free throw line 13 times and had a true shooting percentage of 65.4% on the night. He took a lot of shots but when he’s attacking and scoring it’s not a bad thing, it’s when he takes 31 to score 30 that’s a problem.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      ^^^ who invited negative Natalie?!?!?!? The man still shot above 50%. Give credit when credit is due.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      @des… ESPN reported that it’s the highest point total anyone has scored this late in their career. The highest average for a guard( 16 seasons under his belt) is 12.6 points per game. With a torn ligament in his wrist and coming off knee surgery, he’s still better with injuries than most are 100 percent healthy.

      • akismet-9bfac212a93c64c2c1abe56138b8286a - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        KB is just un-friggin-believable! Funny thing is, you wouldn’t expect this kind of play from anyone at this level but MJ. It doesn’t matter if MJ is still considered the best. Just to be compared to the best is a testament to KB’s legacy.

    • efueshe - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Did you even think to do basic math when you wrote “20 shots”? Can you please look up anyone in NBA history that shot 20 shots and scored 48 points? Kobe shot 58% so maybe the NBA just doesn’t really impress you…

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      You clearly didn’t watch the game. Kobe was hot, he wasn’t missing, the Lakers won by a comfortable enough margin. Not sure what else he has to do to impress you people.

  3. zacksdad - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I am a Kobe fan, but he has been trying to hard to score this year. I think I got it figured out. He wants to pass Shaq in all-time points by the all star break. He needs 405 points and has 23 games to do it.

    • efueshe - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS HAVE CALCULATORS ON YOUR COMPUTERS BY WHICH YOU ARE TYPING YOUR BS!! If that stupid and unfounded comment was true, he would only need about 18 points per game in order to beat him, so no I don’t think he’s shooting too much because he wants to pass Shaq on the all time scoring list! He can probably do so much more this year than he was able to physically last year, and when his team is struggling with inconsistency he fills the void. Like he’s been saying for years now all he wants to do is whatever it takes for his team to win so stop psycho-analyzing him!

  4. dirtydavis - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Grant Hill and Channing Frye look pretty pist…

  5. claymatthewsisonsteroids - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Overrated. He is a Michael Beasily that can play defense.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Now that’s funny…

  6. deshackle - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    It’s still 31 shots..this guy puts the I in team.

    • dirtydavis - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      and the I in Win

  7. 00maltliquor - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Yeah muther effers where the Kobe haters at now, huh!? Too old, what?! Splash! Setting records, AGAIN, no problem. SPLASH! 16 years in the league and the frontrunner for MVP, eat a “richard”.

    And don’t talk about frontrunner for MVP being LeBron, I love LeBron but did you see that choke artist take even one shot in the OT game against GSW last night? Talk about shrinking in the moment.

    Black motherhumpin’ Mamba!!! ”Tell me how my a $ $ taste!”

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