TDIKH: November 12

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Nov. 12, 2000
22 years, 81 days

Fresh off their first championship of the 2000-02 three-peat, the Lakers had stumbled out of the gates to a 3-3 record.

But L.A. built up some momentum behind 37 points and 10 rebound from Bryant, who led the defending champs to a 105-99 victory.

The Lakers led by 10 with 4:34 left in the game before Shaquille O’Neal fouled out. The big man had a middling offensive game (14 points, five rebounds), but dominated defensively with six blocks.

The Rockets — who had seven players in double figures, including Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon (13 points) — immediately cut their deficit to four less than a minute later.

But Bryant took over from there by scoring all of the Lakers’ last six points.

Though Houston made 33 free throws — 13 more than L.A. — the Lakers enjoyed a 46-36 rebounding advantage. In 44 minutes, Bryant also collected three steals and shot 12-of-15 at the line.

Kobe performances on this day in history:

DATE OPP MIN FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA FT FTA REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
11/12/96 HOU 5:00 1 2 50% 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2
11/12/00 HOU 44:00 12 29 41% 1 1 12 15 10 2 3 0 2 5 37
11/12/02 ATL 45:00 8 22 36% 0 2 5 7 6 8 4 1 2 2 21
11/12/03 TOR 37:00 5 11 46% 1 1 8 10 3 4 1 0 3 4 19
11/12/04 ORL 44:00 14 31 45% 2 8 11 12 7 8 2 0 1 4 41
11/12/06 MEM 38:09 7 17 41% 1 3 6 7 6 6 0 0 5 2 21
11/12/08 NOH 38:08 5 15 33% 1 1 9 9 4 6 0 0 2 4 20
11/12/09 PHO 32:34 13 21 62% 0 0 3 4 4 4 0 0 4 4 29
11/12/14 NOP 36:12 10 28 36% 5 11 8 8 4 5 1 0 1 1 33

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