The Lakers got a huge road win against the Portland Trail Blazers in their pursuit of obtaining the 8-seed out west. Coming into tonight’s matchup, the Lakers had only won four of their last 21 games at the Rose Garden, so it was assumed this game would not be a cake-walk despite the Blazer playing without three starters.
So with playoff hopes essentially on the line the, Kobe Bryant took it upon himself to lead and will his team to victory by putting on his best performance of the 2012-2013 season: 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and four blocks, becoming the first player in league history to accomplish such a feat.
Via @eliassports Kobe Bryant is the 1st player with at least 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals in an NBA game.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 11, 2013
The Black Mamba never fails to surprise fans with the many amazing things he’s been able to do on the basketball court and tonight was just another example of that.
You might love Kobe, you might hate Kobe. But if you don’t at least appreciate Kobe, I’ve got nothing to say to you. #YourLoss
— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) April 11, 2013
It’s a beauty to see what Kobe Bryant has done this season as a 17-year veteran. Nights like this are often taken for granted because this is what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Kobe on a nightly basis. As he continues to will this team to key victories, sit back and appreciate him for how great he is, because he wont be playing much longer.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out Dwight’s hustle in our Play of the Week!
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