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OCTOBER 30th, 2007
Shaking off a string of pre-game boos from the opening night crowd at STAPLES Center, Bryant scored 45 points, nearly propelling the Lakers to a wild comeback in the final minute and a half in their 95-93 loss to Houston.

NOVEMBER 4th, 2007
While most fans focus on Kobe’s offense, he is still one of the best defenders in the NBA—a point he proved with a monster fourth quarter block over Andrew Kirilenko in the Lakers 119-109 win over Utah.

NOVEMBER 14th, 2007
Despite a slow start from the field, Kobe still wound up scoring 30 points to help the Lakers avenge their opening night loss to the Rockets 93-90.

NOVEMBER 29th, 2007
In what can now be described as foreshadowing for this year’s playoffs, Bryant broke free for 24 points to match his number in one of the Lakers’ biggest blowouts of the season—a 127-99 victory over the Nuggets.

DECEMBER 2nd, 2007
Although the Lakers ended up losing to the upstart Magic 104-97, Derek Fisher and Bryant teamed up for an electrifying one-handed ally-oop that had the STAPLES Center crowd buzzing for days.

DECEMBER 18th, 2007
After a season of discontent and widespread rumors that Kobe was headed east to the Windy City, Kobe showed Chicago fans what they were missing, scoring 18 points and leading L.A. to an easy 103-91 victory.

DECEMBER 21st, 2007
Although momentum had been building for almost two months, Bryant put the league on official notice that it was no longer just the Kobe show anymore. #24 scored 19 points in a 106-101 in Philly, making a concerted effort to dump the ball down to newfound star Andrew Bynum (24 points, 11 rebounds).

DECEMBER 23rd, 2007
Kobe proved why he loves playing at Madison Square Garden, stealing the spotlight for two and a half hours in a scintillating 39 point performance to lead the Lakers to a 95-90 win over the Knicks, including notching his 20,000 career point.

DECEMBER 25th, 2007
After consecutive exits in the playoffs to the Suns, sparked the Lakers to arguably their biggest victory during the season’s first half. Bryant had 38 points, including a stunning reverse dunk.

JANUARY 9th, 2008
Kobe only scored 18, but his example led the way for the Lakers in a shocking 109-80 win over New Orleans in what was supposed to be a showdown of two newly anointed Western Conference powerhouses.

JANUARY 11th, 2008
Despite battling an upper respiratory infection, Bryant pulled off a brilliant 16 point fourth quarter performance for a total of 37 in the Lakers’ 110-105 victory over the Bucks, showing once again why he is one of the toughest players in the game today.

JANUARY 14th, 2008
Kobe scored 48 points, but none were bigger than the 18 footer he drained with 4.3 seconds left to rescue the Lakers on the road against the Sonics. More importantly, Bryant showed L.A. was still capable of winning in the team’s first game without the injured Bynum.

JANUARY 21st, 2008
Showing once again that the Lakers are no longer a one-man show, Kobe proved why he’s one of the most underrated passers in the game today, repeatedly deferring to open teammates out of the double team to finish with 11 assists in a blowout over Denver, while taking only 7 shots himself.

FEBRUARY 1st, 2008
Kobe assaulted the Raptors with a crisp 46 points to help take away any lingering pain from the team’s one point road loss to the Pistons in the Lakers’ previous game by defeating Toronto 121-101.

FEBRUARY 5th, 2008
Pau Gasol and Kobe took the floor for the first time as teammates in the Lakers’ 105-90 road win over New Jersey, showing the first glimpses of what has now become a title-contending team.

FEBRUARY 17th, 2008
Bryant scored 29 to lead the Lakers to a 117-92 slaughtering of the Timberwolves in the Lakers’ final game of a wildly successful 7-2 road trip.

FEBRUARY 20th, 2008
The Lakers took over the Pacific Division lead thanks to Bryant’s 41-point effort in a 130-124 win in Phoenix.

MARCH 2nd, 2008
In one of the most thrilling games of the season, Kobe scored what was then a season high 52 points—22 in the fourth quarter and overtime alone—in L.A.’s 108-104 win.

MARCH 4th, 2008
Playing in one of the most difficult buildings in the league, Bryant was unstoppable down the stretch as the Lakers turned the tables on the hated Kings in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, led by Bryant’s 34.

MARCH 18th, 2008
After losing the first two games of a critical four game trip, Bryant responded as only MVP’s do, scoring 29 points to lead the Lakers to a much-needed 102-100 victory in Dallas despite blowing what was nearly a 30 point second half lead.

MARCH 20th, 2008
No Bynum and Gasol, no problem for Kobe, whose 27 point effort gave the Lakers a 106-95 win over the Jazz—one of only four home losses for Utah all season.

MARCH 24th, 2008
Kobe scored 23 points in the fourth quarter and 30 overall, exacting immediate revenge on the Warriors after they stole a game on the Lakers’ home court one night earlier.

MARCH 28th, 2008
The Laker lost a pivotal game to the lowly Grizzlies 114-111, despite Bryant’s season-best 53-point effort on 19-37 from the floor.

APRIL 11th, 2008
Kobe had one of his best all-around games of the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds in eight assists in the team’s 107-104 victory over the Hornets to tie them for first place in the conference. Although his stats were great, Kobe sent an emphatic message to MVP voters with his jaw-dropping reverse dunk in the fourth quarter.

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