The Stat Line Of The Night — 1/25/11 — Kobe Bryant
The Utah Jazz went into Los Angeles last night looking to snap their four-game losing streak, but it wouldn’t be easy as they were faced with the difficult task of beating the Lakers at the Staples Center. Those in attendance may have expected a close game between these two Western Conference powerhouses, but what they were treated to was a blowout of epic proportions as Kobe Bryant and company dominated from start to finish.
With the game already decided by halftime, as the Lakers went into the break leading 66-38, Kobe wasn’t needed much in the second half. He would finish the game with just 26 minutes of playing time. However, that was easily enough time for him to make his mark as he recorded a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Kobe also added six assists, two steals and a rebound as his Lakers cruised to a 120-91 victory.
With the win the Lakers climbed to within 5.5 games of top spot in the Western Conference. They currently sit in second despite hitting a rough patch in December, but this is clearly a team whose focus is on post-season championships rather than regular season accolades. A key to their post-season success is the health and fitness level of Kobe Bryant, and games like this certainly help in that department as the All-Star not only got some rest, but he also earned himself “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, January 25, 2011.