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Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour has been a roller coaster in terms of performance on the court.
Bryant started out the season looking every bit the 37 years of age and 20 seasons he’s logged in his career: slow, sluggish and lacking fluidity and rhythm on the court. As a result Bryant shot an anemic 31 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from 3 while taking 7 three-point attempts per game through the first 11 games.
Bryant hit bottom in that 11th game of the season against the Golden State Warriors where he shot a horrid 1 for 14 from the field and finishing with just 4 points in 24 minutes of play.
Since that Warriors game Bryant has bounced back with a few solid games mixed in with some near Kobe of old performances which include a 31 point game in a win at Denver and the most impressive, a 31 point game and two clutch late game baskets to secure a win against the Wizards in Washington.
Tuesday night’s home game against the Timberwolves was another one of those special nights where Bryant reminded us of what was, leading all scorers with 38 points and a check-the-box-score twice mark of 7 three-pointers.
Bryant set a few marks Tuesday night with his performance.
1st (Tied) – NBA Record
- Nobody as old as Kobe Bryant (37 but you can add 36 years of age also) has hit more 3-pointers (7) in a game in NBA history. Bryant is not alone as Vince Carter (twice), Paul Pierce, Reggie Miller (twice) and Cliff Robinson have also knocked down 7 three-pointers in a game at the age of 36 years or older.
7 years, 10 months & 5 days
- That is how long it has been since Bryant has hit at least 7 three-pointers in a game. The date was March 28, 2008, a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies where the Lakers lost 114-111. Bryant finished with 53 points in this game and was the only starter to score in double figures.
- Last night’s game was the 12th time in Bryant’s career that he has hit 7 or more 3s in an NBA game including the NBA record tying 12 he hit back on January 3, 2007 in a game against the the then Seattle SuperSonics.
- Is where Bryant’s 38 point performance ranks in NBA history for guards at least 37 years of age. In fact, the only other guard in NBA history to score 38 points or more at the age of 37 or older is Micheal Jordan who did it 9 times, and both Reggie Miller and Julius Irving who did each once.
- Bryant is only the 3rd player in NBA history to ever record at least 38 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in game at the age of 37 years of age or older. The other two were of course Michael Jordan and Karl Malone.