TDIKH: November 14

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Nov. 14, 2000
22 years, 83 days

It was a sight that Lakers fans quickly grew used to during the purple and gold’s three-peat years.

Coming off of their first championship together, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal teamed up to sprint past Denver, 119-103.

O’Neal paved the way with 34 points (16-of-21) and 19 rebounds, while Bryant held his own by contributing 31 points (12-of-23, 6-of-6 free throws) and nine assists.

L.A. shot 55.8 percent from the field (48-of-86), yet Denver managed to keep it close for the majority of three quarters behind 28 points from Antonio McDyess and a double-double by former Laker Nick Van Exel (17 points, 11 assists).

But then the Lakers finished the third period with nine unanswered points to take a 91-75 lead. This included an alley-oop from Bryant to O’Neal at the end of the frame.

Bryant scored all of L.A.’s first seven points of the fourth to open up a double-digit lead, and O’Neal took over from there by providing nine of the final 19.

Kobe performances on this day in history:

DATE OPP MIN FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA FT FTA REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
11/14/00 DEN 39:00 12 23 52% 1 3 6 6 4 9 2 1 4 4 31
11/14/03 DET 36:00 6 11 55% 0 0 4 4 3 3 1 3 1 5 16
11/14/05 MEM 34:00 7 18 39% 0 0 4 4 3 2 0 1 4 3 18
11/14/07 HOU 38:27 11 23 48% 2 5 6 6 8 5 1 1 4 2 30
11/14/08 DET 39:17 12 30 40% 2 7 3 4 5 6 4 1 3 5 29
11/14/10 PHO 38:20 11 20 55% 1 4 2 2 9 14 1 0 8 3 25
11/14/14 SAS 36:25 1 14 8% 0 5 7 9 4 6 1 2 4 1 9

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