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TDIKH: January 6

Jan. 6, 2006

27 years, 136 days

Two NBA greats — Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson — entered the contest neck-and-neck in the race for the league scoring title.

But by the final buzzer, Bryant had bested Iverson in both individual and team success, dropping 48 points in the Lakers’ 119-93 win over Philadelphia.

Bryant shot 19-of-29 from the field and was an inferno from deep, as he knocked down all seven of his 3-point attempts.

“Kobe makes shots,” Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks told reporters. “We kept saying they were incredible shots, and for most people they are. But for Kobe, I don’t think they were incredible. He does things like that on an everyday basis.”

Iverson was far from a slouch, as he dropped 31 points on an 11-of-22 clip, but Bryant was even able to sit most of the fourth quarter after piling up 18 in the third.

Bryant — who also found time to collect 10 rebounds — raised his average to 33.17; just 0.08 points more than Iverson.

The Lakers star and eventual scoring champion that season led his team to a 15-point lead after one quarter, as Los Angeles snapped its five-game losing streak.

L.A.’s offense was far too much for the 76ers, as the purple and gold shot 58.5 percent, while Smush Parker complemented Bryant by shooting 9-of-10 and hitting all five of his triples for 24 points.

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