TDIKH: March 7

March 7, 2003
24 years, 196 days

Getting four points from your bench isn’t so bad when you have Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

The duo combined to score 70 in the Lakers’ 106-96 victory over Minnesota.

O’Neal piled up 40 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks while shooting 16-of-25 from the field. Meanwhile, Bryant did his part with 30 points and seven assists.

Though six Lakers reserves combined to shoot just 2-of-11 while Minnesota shot 50.7 percent as a whole, the Lakers managed to hang tough behind O’Neal and Bryant.

They were also able to rack up plenty of extra possessions due to 16 offensive rebounds against only five turnovers.

Los Angeles took a 10-point halftime lead before its stars kept the Timberwolves at bay in the second half, as O’Neal scored 14 points in the third quarter and Bryant added 11 in the next.

Kobe performances on this day in history:

DATE OPP MIN FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA FT FTA REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
3/7/97 HOU 17:00 3 10 30% 0 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 8
3/7/99 UTA 38:00 7 16 44% 0 2 10 13 4 1 0 1 5 5 24
3/7/01 TOR 38:00 11 34 32% 0 2 7 7 7 5 0 0 3 4 29
3/7/03 MIN 43:00 12 24 50% 2 4 4 4 4 7 3 0 0 1 30
3/7/08 LAC 31:09 5 9 56% 2 3 4 4 6 3 2 0 2 2 16
3/7/10 ORL 40:17 12 30 40% 2 5 8 8 7 7 3 0 1 3 34
3/7/12 WAS 40:17 9 31 29% 3 9 9 9 5 4 4 1 1 3 30

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