VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Puts Up 61 At Madison Square Garden

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Puts Up 61 At Madison Square Garden


Before Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points at Madison Square Garden, a Los Angeles Laker held the record for most points scored in a game at the famed arena.

On February 2, 2009, Kobe Bryant set the previous record when he scored 61 points in a 126-117 victory over the New York Knicks. The Laker guard broke Bernard King’s record of 60 points and led an Andrew Bynum-less team to their 38th win.┬áThe 61 points also broke Michael Jordan’s opponents’ record at Madison Square Garden, eclipsing the 55 points he had in 1995.

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It was Bryant’s fifth career game of at least 60 points and the fourth-highest total of his career. He finished 19-of-31 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line and a perfect 20-of-20 from the free throw line. Bryant had 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers maintain their lead and leave with a victory.

For the Lakers, Pau Gasol added 31 points and 14 rebounds to help them improve to 38-9 on the season after learning that Bynum would be out two to three months with a torn MCL in his knee.
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