Kobe Bryant Named Western Conference Player of the Month

Bryant averaged 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists, leading the Lakers to a 12-1 record on the month.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today was named the NBA Western Conference Players of the Month for games played during March.

Bryant averaged 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists, leading the Lakers to a 12-1 record on the month, bringing them within 2 ½ games of San Antonio for first place in the Western Conference. Bryant achieved several milestones in March, moving ahead of Moses Malone for sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during a 26-point performance in a win at Atlanta on March 8, and passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers’ all-time leader in games played in a win over New Orleans on March 27. Bryant also tallied a season-high 42 points, to go along with 12 rebounds and nine assists in a win over Phoenix on March 22.

Here is a closer look at the month for Bryant:

  • March 6 @ San Antonio: Logged 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 99-83 win.
  • March 22 vs. Phoenix: Had a season-high 42 points and 12 rebounds in a 139-137 triple-overtime victory.
  • March 25 vs. Clippers: Tallied 37 points, four rebounds and six assists in a 112-104 win.
  • March 31 vs. Dallas: Scored 28 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists in a 110-82 victory.