March 31, 2006
34 years, 210 days
In a trip to Seattle, Kobe Bryant provided the rain as he dropped 43 points to lead the Lakers’ 106-93 victory.
The NBA’s leading scorer provided 11 points in the second quarter, but really got it going in the next frame.
He racked up 14 in the third, including 10 in the final four minutes alone, which coincided with a 12-5 run that concluded with Bryant completing a reverse layup with one second left.
By the time the buzzers sounded, the Lakers had an 81-73 lead after outscoring the SuperSonics in the third quarter by a dozen.
Bryant kept it going with 10 points in the final frame.
While Ray Allen scored 29 points for the Sonics, his team shot just 38.0 percent as a whole.
Meanwhile, Bryant was aided by double-doubles from Kwame Brown (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Kobe performances on this day in history: